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Modes of power: time, temporality, and calendar reform by Jesuit missionaries in Late Imperial China. [electronic resource]
AuthorBlasingame, Ryan S.
Pub. Location---PublisherDigital Archive @ GSU
Date2013Phys. Desc.dig.pdf. 66 [vii, 57 p.]
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberQB209.B63 2013d - [2013-05-11T07:00:00Z]
Modes of power: time, temporality, and calendar reform by Jesuit missionaries in Late Imperial China. [electronic resource].
Thesis (M.A. : History :Georgia State University)
Online access: GSU Digital Archive.[accessed 10-8-13]
INDEX WORDS: Time, Temporality, Power, Society of Jesus, Jesuit, Imperial China, Calendar reform, Matteo Ricci, Johann Adam Schall von Bell, Natural philosophy.
Local access dig.pdf. [Blasingame-Modes of Power.pdf]

This work explores the relationship between time, temporality, and power by utilizing interactions between Jesuit missionaries and the Ming and Qing governments of late imperial China as a case study. It outlines the complex relationship between knowledge of celestial mechanics, methods of measuring the passage of time, and the tightly controlled circumstances in which that knowledge was allowed to operate. Just as the Chinese courts exercised authority over time and the heavens, so too had the Catholic Church in Europe. So as messengers of God’s authority, the Jesuits identified the importance of astronomical and temporal authority in Chinese culture and sought to convey the supremacy of Christianity through their mastery of the stars and negotiate positions of power within both imperial governments.

Subject(s)Time perspective--China
Calendar reform--China--History--Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1911
Calendar, Chinese--Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1911
Calendar, Chinese--Western influences
Jesuits--China--16th-18th centuries--Contributions in astronomy
Rec. TypeThesis/Dissertation (PDF)LanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #17766
OCLC853171395