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The present book is the first contribution to take her out of Europe, at least in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 237.683 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(geographical terms. In reality, )] TJ ET BT 181.316 237.683 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Mission to China)] TJ ET BT 263.996 237.683 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( is more concerned with the missionary experiment itself )] TJ ET BT 34.016 223.427 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and, more than anything, with the Italian characters at the forefront of this Jesuit venture. Matteo Ricci, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 209.171 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Michele Ruggieri and Allessandro Valignano thus receive significantly more attention than the Chinese )] TJ ET BT 34.016 194.915 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(recipients of the missionary message.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 563.315 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Review Number:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 549.059 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(1142)] TJ ET BT 34.016 534.803 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Publish date:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 520.547 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Saturday, 1 October, 2011)] TJ ET BT 34.016 506.291 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Author:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 492.035 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Mary Laven)] TJ ET BT 34.016 477.779 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(ISBN:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 463.523 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(9780571225170)] TJ ET BT 34.016 449.267 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Date of Publication:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 435.011 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(2011)] TJ ET BT 34.016 420.755 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Price:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 406.499 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(17.99)] TJ ET BT 34.016 392.243 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Pages:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 377.987 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(279pp.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 363.731 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Publisher:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 349.475 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Faber & Faber)] TJ ET BT 34.016 335.219 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Place of Publication:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 320.963 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(London)] TJ ET BT 34.016 306.707 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Reviewer:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 292.451 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Lars Peter Laamann)] TJ ET endstream endobj 8 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F1 /BaseFont /Times-Roman /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 9 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F2 /BaseFont /Times-Italic /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 10 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F3 /BaseFont /Times-Bold /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 11 0 obj << /Type /XObject /Subtype /Image /Width 509 /Height 160 /Filter /FlateDecode /DecodeParms << /Predictor 15 /Colors 3 /Columns 509 /BitsPerComponent 8>> /Mask [ 255 255 255 255 255 255 ] /ColorSpace /DeviceRGB /BitsPerComponent 8 /Length 3280>> stream x[EQ㎦fVttҒ +3O{?lGDQԯDrB^.ϯ%~'0۠/2>0AG_>0j0GCfE67>rB^}@  !&y+r?INp:erc b8f=rQC!~-Wf^^zF[)G 2ޯe7V_Go3Ke GEGOo8rώ#\1ZY~N6^H}yLxS-!:412V+u\-LSO?xVvZ|GjǮT_8EYJF=Tw^ 7GxfN/S:Ʌ~ʟtt?5n÷J'JcF-GVξx{rO~tJd;#a\7}|~y'>}c2C vR}f׈**h.)_&@pfzjsx:5;S\vKhM5j=!Cn+h"u]a EUN]jn=k<,:Ք>sU!ni~6EJ)¦72?G}[y}_vc$t?iSܟ2Zݞ,VN?_`='RFK1A2qv&X_lLRWY'%:I㢖zb_UEx\>&ɆBˏ~K@ \gYØU4}$8Dv!'Q'*+Εj(UCGo[#< 2Ja(sZi9fZKE Rn`u\9r^Zmɯ׹}mstO4uc~#'jEvۼ Dx[z ޏQ4KL5,5u3>i^uÒ-53ba ~,~/pyt1fMU'CVm:qv~=Y'Es"WsφG?l_kN5}],Ow7 uh`xƫ?zMl7ٻv$A(4Dl(wwH} ?=[=S;yC]^BK>㕪9`Z'Wj;E|:bf>kCԘ#RY,iv쵗~}n'"1u" *uO΄/2^Sxr(!/DD\~mJyZ!MmrA!#u[if|99WB WΡpp}w}sh#,\ &:%˳X?D3 %W0cC?o̲^} F3XLVn]Cߖiϧ!7}yZJ#P7]=)7Ρp;>> Ye^xx{Oafw{ ;>4gfLt ʊ:q%#r/)pv!O4wGh|dS ӣݽހ-gVUC'pBxrB^} 7JA^} /'8!`:r?}}],X  }6y!`/~Br?}Q< >k7vx"] ,' .3jn{-i}|~%-};b6#U)7繎kiEw 㤳:E}[޼c"rꬊ7Dc$~"/Y&zSd:tFȌCrʙ`7u .#[-<)j ?TGS(j~oTup(hjU4PlJ=}|it.ҽ@\wʨuXÞZcx18Wo<~ikOg,ވ\^?EneyZcc0[R١z|zv7_m:_n]a?osS3~j^ hD.a_X'KfBX6w wݶ"Oa:,bvhrWH[uCF-Xfc}>x+Rz)2N-B 7y^٨;[/vg? | |2Sve}=o䑰j[vWjF0{굦?VI~}xM(_TlG__+]:#к?S} c>GŸD7 !w{S{B =x7a?oE#)+Gz:o_4Q<;n?\tt7?mGCџQGu4kņOF>F?#} hP&ђߴM#u!.СtL2^#o nIk_i.~7tr@n 1P~3?.[]=S5b߮~Yo^HFH YBi8a4iom>CKgMy*;?zqEӕ` >zB9iFzC?XF?ޟIܰ펉A}{I5ᄊx%ez#Mp@rߎpi]IOVjzuJt\۰f׺u5><,J~PTJp1)}){9N {!`/> endstream endobj 12 0 obj << /Type /Annot /Subtype /Link /A 13 0 R /Border [0 0 0] /H /I /Rect [ 197.0117 675.3895 357.3317 687.2695 ] >> endobj 13 0 obj << /Type /Action /S /URI /URI (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews) >> endobj 14 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Contents 15 0 R >> endobj 15 0 obj << /Length 7764 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 0.75 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 784.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(So far, nothing unusual. Western fascination with the founding fathers of Christianity in early modern China )] TJ ET BT 34.016 770.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(is as old as post-mediaeval Europe?s exposure to China itself, even if the authors for religious or ideological )] TJ ET BT 34.016 755.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(reasons have not always agreed with the principles of the Jesuit mission. The most tantalising monographs )] TJ ET BT 34.016 741.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(have become classics for an ever-growing audience fascinated by the Jesuits? role in global history. George )] TJ ET BT 34.016 727.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Dunne \()] TJ ET BT 73.004 727.445 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Generation of Giants)] TJ ET BT 175.004 727.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\), Jonathan Spence \()] TJ ET BT 272.312 727.445 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci)] TJ ET BT 425.612 727.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\) and Jacques Gernet \()] TJ ET BT 34.016 713.189 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(China and the Christian Impact)] TJ ET BT 186.692 713.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\) have, )] TJ ET BT 222.344 713.189 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(inter alia)] TJ ET BT 266.684 713.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(, become household names far beyond the confines of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 698.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Christian or Chinese historical circles. Laven is well aware of this and makes frequent reference to such )] TJ ET BT 34.016 684.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(eminent historiography. Strangely, there is no bibliography displaying these titles, although the most salient )] TJ ET BT 34.016 670.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(publications are listed in the endnotes pertaining to the tail-end of the introductory chapter.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 644.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(In terms of structure, Laven?s monograph is subdivided into eight chapters, including the introduction )] TJ ET BT 34.016 629.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(entitled ?Mapping the world? and a concluding chapter \(?The smell of Christianity?\). Systematically Laven )] TJ ET BT 34.016 615.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(traces the progress of the Jesuit missionaries through the, initially, virtually impenetrable maze of cultural )] TJ ET BT 34.016 601.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and linguistic conundrums they faced when first arriving in China. Their attempts at rationalising a world )] TJ ET BT 34.016 587.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(which had hitherto been open to merely a token number of their European contemporaries are compared to a )] TJ ET BT 34.016 572.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Soviet description of Cambridge. Produced for Soviet military intelligence at the close of the Cold War, few )] TJ ET BT 34.016 558.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(members of the Soviet elite would have had first-hand knowledge of Mary Laven?s adopted home town. The )] TJ ET BT 34.016 544.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(author thus seeks to demonstrate the discrepancy between technical knowledge, however sophisticated, and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 530.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the cumulative experience which only active participation in public life can purvey.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 503.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(In chronological order, the first two chapters relate the missionaries? passage to China, via a maritime route )] TJ ET BT 34.016 489.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(testifying to the muscle and extent of Portugal?s commercial might. Thus we read of the marvels of Goa and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 475.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Macau, an imposing building with occidental architectural features right next to Guangdong's tallest pagoda )] TJ ET BT 34.016 461.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(the Tower of High Fortune\), as well as the missionary aspirations for a permanent residence in Zhaoqing )] TJ ET BT 34.016 446.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and Guangzhou. Matteo Ricci and Michele Ruggieri were tested to the limits in an environment to which )] TJ ET BT 34.016 432.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(they were the clear outsiders \('"the people are enemies of foreigners"', \(p. 64\)\) and where religious identity )] TJ ET BT 34.016 418.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(was defined along very different lines \('"In China there exists no true religion" ... "[the Chinese] are not )] TJ ET BT 34.016 404.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(attached to their sects"', \(p. 66\)\). Laven then extracts evidence from Ricci?s letters revealing the extent of the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 389.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(new arrivals? exotic value, with curious literati attempting to gain further insight into the strange nature of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 375.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the European visitors. What exactly they made of Ricci and his Jesuit )] TJ ET BT 370.304 375.557 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(confrres)] TJ ET BT 415.628 375.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( is hard to gauge; the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 361.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(description accompanying the Soviet map of Cambridge once again springs to mind. As second-hand )] TJ ET BT 34.016 347.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(accounts, the Jesuit sources reveal surprise, at times consternation, at the degree of ignorance about the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 332.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(world beyond the Chinese literati?s universe, as well as a high degree of scientific and linguistic awareness. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 318.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(A typical example is Ricci's baffled statement of 1595 that the literati "'know nothing. ... They think that the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 304.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(earth is flat and square; that the sky is made of a single liquid, that is air, and many other absurd things'" \(p. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 290.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(94\). They also reveal an unshakable sense of certainty about the nature of their mission and its appeal )] TJ ET BT 34.016 275.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(amongst the very elite the Jesuits intended to attract to their faith. ??If we teach them our sciences??, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 261.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(concluded Ricci in 1609, '?it will be easy to persuade them to our holy law?' \(p. 95\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 235.253 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(We now enter the Nanchang episode of Ricci?s China experience. As of 1595, he had become conversant )] TJ ET BT 34.016 220.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(with the Ming Empire?s literati elite, both in terms of language and with their educational background. Now )] TJ ET BT 34.016 206.741 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(it was time for the Catholic polymath to prove to his influential acquaintances that European civilisation was )] TJ ET BT 34.016 192.485 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(in no way inferior to that of his hosts and that it furthermore chimed perfectly well with the Confucian )] TJ ET BT 34.016 178.229 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(principles they were steeped in. His case in point was friendship, focus of chapter three, which figured )] TJ ET BT 34.016 163.973 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(highly in both Greek philosophy, as well as in the social ethics of Confucianism. This relatively short )] TJ ET BT 34.016 149.717 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(chapter shows the author's talents for interweaving the familiar with the new, in this case the Renaissance )] TJ ET BT 34.016 135.461 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(perception of man and nature with the social etiquette of the late Ming period. Being expert in the former, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 121.205 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Mary Laven employs the insight provided by first-rate cultural historians, such as Craig Clunas, in order to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 106.949 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(demonstrate how late imperial literati society was held together by a glue of communal eating and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 92.693 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(conversation. The chapter mentions tea, although a major innovation of the time, tobacco smoking, is )] TJ ET BT 34.016 78.437 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(omitted. 200 years later, opium would complement tea and tobacco in the genteel world of Chinese guest )] TJ ET BT 34.016 64.181 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(ritual.)] TJ ET endstream endobj 16 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Contents 17 0 R >> endobj 17 0 obj << /Length 8179 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 0.75 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 784.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The typical trajectory of a literatus is traced in the subsequent chapter, when the life of convert Qu Rukui is )] TJ ET BT 34.016 770.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(analysed, both in terms of fathoming his understanding of the Christian faith and as a typical example of late )] TJ ET BT 34.016 755.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(imperial China?s scholar officials. Its function is to introduce the extent of knowledge which the Jesuits, as )] TJ ET BT 34.016 741.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the Counter Reformation?s intellectual spearhead, were equipped with. Theology, astronomy and medicine )] TJ ET BT 34.016 727.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(are the elements of this study, which Laven reconstructs from 16th-century sources, i.e. Ricci?s collected )] TJ ET BT 34.016 713.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(letters \(superbly edited by Francesco d?Arelli\) and the )] TJ ET BT 297.956 713.189 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Fonti ricciane)] TJ ET BT 366.284 713.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(. Citing Ricci, Laven summarises that )] TJ ET BT 34.016 698.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [("'If it is not possible to say of this realm that the philosophers are kings, at least one can say with truth that )] TJ ET BT 34.016 684.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the kings are governed by philosophers'" \(p. 134\). And once again the author's astute sense of inter-cultural )] TJ ET BT 34.016 670.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(observation becomes evident. After presenting the multitude of examination hurdles which China's )] TJ ET BT 34.016 656.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(intellectuals had to clear level by level, the European university system is explained in great detail, with the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 641.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(focus on the particular experience of Jesuit education. 'As Ricci surveyed would-be literati', Laven )] TJ ET BT 34.016 627.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(concludes, 'desperately studying for their exams, experiencing rejection or jubilant success, he doubtless )] TJ ET BT 34.016 613.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(identified with the cut and thrust of male careerism' \(p. 136\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 587.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Chapter five dwells on a particularly pungent example of cultural conflict, namely on the stand-off between )] TJ ET BT 34.016 572.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the Jesuits and the palace eunuchs. It is characteristic of Laven?s book that the phenomenon itself receives )] TJ ET BT 34.016 558.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(such prominent status. The author is certainly puzzled by China?s eunuchs, drawing parallels with the craze )] TJ ET BT 34.016 544.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(of emasculating prepubescent choir boys in Catholic Europe, but never ceasing to identify with Ricci?s )] TJ ET BT 34.016 530.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(repulsion against China?s very own )] TJ ET BT 208.328 530.117 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(castrati)] TJ ET BT 245.000 530.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(. This is fully understandable, since the book is aimed at an )] TJ ET BT 34.016 515.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(audience which may only be marginally familiar with the workings of China?s history and culture. But even )] TJ ET BT 34.016 501.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(a cursory mentioning of Wei Zhongxian and his Red Brocade police would have provided the level of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 487.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(historical background to be expected of a book on late imperial China?s history.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 461.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The theme of chapter four is taken up again in the sixth chapter, which features an analysis of Riccci?s )] TJ ET BT 34.016 446.837 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Tianzhu shiyi)] TJ ET BT 98.360 446.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(, ?The true meaning of the Lord of Heaven?, as well as in the conclusion \(?The smell of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 432.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Christianity?\). Whereas the preceding chapters often have a certain introductory quality about them, here )] TJ ET BT 34.016 418.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Laven has finally ?arrived? at her explanation of the Jesuit )] TJ ET BT 317.948 418.325 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Mission to China)] TJ ET BT 400.628 418.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(, providing ample evidence of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 404.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the missionaries? accommodation to Chinese culture during the introduction of their message and, thus, in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 389.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the creation of a new variant of the Christian faith. One perfectly accurate observation states that ?miracles )] TJ ET BT 34.016 375.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(were sidelined in [Ricci?s] accounts of mission strategy, although 'they were copiously recorded elsewhere )] TJ ET BT 34.016 361.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(in the )] TJ ET BT 64.016 361.301 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Letters)] TJ ET BT 97.352 361.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( and his )] TJ ET BT 137.684 361.301 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(History)] TJ ET BT 173.684 361.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( of the mission? \(p. 234\). The only logical conclusion had to be, according to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 347.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Laven, that the Jesuits? repute in producing miraculous solutions to earthly problems had become a major )] TJ ET BT 34.016 332.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(reason for converting to Christianity, for commoners and intellectuals alike. As important as the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 318.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(missionaries? alleged power to expel demons out of sickness-stricken minds and bodies was their admiration )] TJ ET BT 34.016 304.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(of the scripture-worshipping civilisation that was late imperial China. And while scholar-officials spent their )] TJ ET BT 34.016 290.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(precious time collecting and incinerating stray pieces of written paper, the ?logocentric? \(p. 236\) Jesuits )] TJ ET BT 34.016 275.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(furnished their very own holy books with everything it took to impress the literati they so longingly sought )] TJ ET BT 34.016 261.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(to convert. Finally, the author?s account of Matteo Ricci?s death in 1610, as well as of the subsequent death )] TJ ET BT 34.016 247.253 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(rites, funeral and eventual burial, produces ample evidence of the cultural confluences characterising this )] TJ ET BT 34.016 232.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Jesuit mission. It is almost a shame that the book ends at this point, since it reads very much like the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 218.741 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(beginning of a new discourse, sufficiently substantial to form the basis of a much longer study.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 192.485 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Mary Laven?s monograph is written intelligently and with great empathy for her protagonists. Readers )] TJ ET BT 34.016 178.229 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(conversant in the history of late imperial China will congratulate the author for familiarising herself with the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 163.973 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(subject matter to such an extent that she could place a historically well observed biography on the Jesuit )] TJ ET BT 34.016 149.717 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Matteo Ricci )] TJ ET BT 99.344 149.717 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(as if)] TJ ET BT 119.684 149.717 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( she had been writing on her ?home topic? of Renaissance Italy. There remain )] TJ ET BT 34.016 135.461 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(simplifications and lacunae, such as her rather cursory description of other senior Jesuits in the mission, the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 121.205 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(reference to Adam Schall von Bell as being ?less intelligent? \(p. 225\) being a rather striking example. The )] TJ ET BT 34.016 106.949 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(author?s knowledge of Ming history is constructed out of the chief titles produced by senior scholars in the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 92.693 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(field: Craig Clunas, Pasquale D?Elia, James Watson providing much of the insight into the background. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 78.437 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(However, the specialised literature on the ?China Jesuits? \(not least on Ricci himself\)is missing, as is that on )] TJ ET BT 34.016 64.181 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the accommodation debate in general. Nicholas Standaert?s long list of publications devoted to the interplay )] TJ ET BT 34.016 49.925 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(between Confucian civilisation and the Jesuits? Christian and academic calling would have proved useful in )] TJ ET endstream endobj 18 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Annots [ 20 0 R 22 0 R 24 0 R 26 0 R 28 0 R ] /Contents 19 0 R >> endobj 19 0 obj << /Length 2942 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 0.75 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 796.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the construction of Laven?s arguments. Equally strikingly, there is a complete lack of Chinese sources, or )] TJ ET BT 34.016 782.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(even a reference to the latter. 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