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The Qing Dynasty and Traditional Chinese Culture

Early in his monumental portrait of Qing Dynasty China, Richard J. Smith writes about the Kangxi Emperor’s (r. 1661–1722) commission of a massive encyclopedia of Chinese culture: [The Emperor’s] most ambitious effort to celebrate traditional Chinese Culture. . . [was] the Gujin Tushu Jicheng (Complete collection of writings and illustrations, past and present, 1726) . . . Begun in 1700, this massive (more than 100 million words) and well-organized encyclopedia, repository of “all that wa...