Enlightenment Geographies: Images of China in John Bell’s Travels (1763)
Category: Early Modern History
Language: English


   In 1763 John Bell, a Scottish physician and traveller, published an account of his journey to China across the Silk Road (Travels from St. Petersburg, in Russia, to diverse parts of Asia), made some 40 years earlier (17191722) in the suite of a Russian embassy sent by Peter the Great to the Kangxi emperor.    


Table of contents

Introduction: China and the eighteenth-century imagological discourse

Chapter 1. John Bell: His predecessors, his journey and his outlook

Chapter 2. “I should like them very well for neighbours”: Encounters on the way to China

Chapter 3. “All the people in Pekin were assembled to see us”: Entering China proper

Chapter 4. Representation of the Chinese language: Eighteenth-century considerations and fallacies

Chapter 5. “The common people are generally idolaters”: Chinese religion and the Christian influence

Chapter 6. The Jesuit Missionaries in the imperial capital

Chapter 7. “The behaviour of the Chinese is quite contrary to that of the Europeans”: John Bell’s representation of the differences between China and the West

Chapter 8. “They gave me a dish of tea in every shop”: Images of Chinese daily life




Publisher St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo
Language English
Pages 164
Illustrations b/w figures
Binding paperback
ISBN 978-619-208-229-1
Creation date 2020
Size 14 х 21 cm

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