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The Production of Geographical Knowledge in Medieval China


Scholars of early modern European history have long analyzed the historical production of locality. While they have illuminated how locality was produced by both individual and collective actions, their microanalytical approaches have often situated locality in a political and religious context, emphasizing, for instance, the importance of saints in the creation of locality. In this historiographical context, geographical practices have tended to be overlooked despite their obvious epistemic relevance. This is possibly due to the long-standing confusion between historical geography – a field akin to forms of antiquarianism and nationalism – and the history of geographical knowledge, which often stands at a crossroads of cultural history and the history of science. […]

Auteurs : Alexis Lycas, Masato Hasegawa and Shih-Pei Chen
Publié dans East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine en novembre 2022