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Four Issues in the Dissemination of Matteo Ricci’s World Map during the Ming Dynasty (2015)


Research on Matteo Ricci’s world map is a popular topic in the field of Sino-Western relations in the Ming Dynasty,with a large number of outstanding achievements. However,there are still many issues unresolved due to the lack of Chinese data. In this paper,we study four issues based on newly discovered Chinese data and the retranslated memoirs and collection of letters of Ricci. The issues include the name of the first world map designed in Zhaoqing; the discovery and value of the preface of the Shanhaiyuditu written by Zhao Kehuai; the year when Wu Zhongming drew the Shanhai yudi quantu; and who drew the two small world maps.

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Authors & Contributors
Wang, Guangchao
Sun, Chengsheng
Yang, Zezhong
Zeng, Zheng
Chen, Zhihui
Nui, Yahua
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Studies in Dialectics of Nature
Journal of Dialectics of Nature
Kexue Jishu yu Bianzhengfa (Science, Technology, and Dialectics)
Tsinghua xuebao
Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Rowman & Littlefield
Johns Hopkins University Press
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
East Asia, civilization and culture
Transmission of ideas
Western world, civilization and culture
Ricci, Matteo
Vagnoni, Alfonso
Li, Zhi-zao
Li Hongzhang (1823-1901)
Shao Zeng (1832-1877)
Vesalius, Andreas
Ming dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
17th century
16th century
Early modern
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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