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“Visiting Humanists” and Their Interpreters: Ricci (and Ruggieri) in China

“Visiting Humanists” and Their Interpreters: Ricci (and Ruggieri) in China Features “Visiting Humanists” and Their Interpreters: Ricci (and Ruggieri) in China Ronnie Po-Chia Hsia. A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1552–1610. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. xiv, 359 pp. Hardcover £40.00, isbn 978-0-19-959225-8. Paperback £19.99, isbn 978-0-19-965653-0. All books speak about their authors, even if authors are not aware of it; even when, as it is the case with biographies, they intend to distance themselves from their object. This book does so in a special way. Born in Hong Kong and trained in early modern European history, Ronnie Po-chia Hsia is today known as one of the leading experts in Counter-Reformation history, a field that was traditionally dominated by very conservative historiogra- phy. In his many contributions, Hsia availed himself of remarkable linguistic skills in major modern languages and an equal mastery of classical languages ranging from Latin to old German and Dutch. In so doing, he was able to access and make available to scholars an extremely broad range of hitherto unpublished sources. Enriched by a unique background, Hsia has gradually begun to explore new territories in the field of sinology and Chinese studies. Writing about Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit of the late Renaissance who http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

“Visiting Humanists” and Their Interpreters: Ricci (and Ruggieri) in China

China Review International , Volume 19 (1) – Feb 19, 2014

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Features “Visiting Humanists” and Their Interpreters: Ricci (and Ruggieri) in China Ronnie Po-Chia Hsia. A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1552–1610. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. xiv, 359 pp. Hardcover £40.00, isbn 978-0-19-959225-8. Paperback £19.99, isbn 978-0-19-965653-0. All books speak about their authors, even if authors are not aware of it; even when, as it is the case with biographies, they intend to distance themselves from their object. This book does so in a special way. Born in Hong Kong and trained in early modern European history, Ronnie Po-chia Hsia is today known as one of the leading experts in Counter-Reformation history, a field that was traditionally dominated by very conservative historiogra- phy. In his many contributions, Hsia availed himself of remarkable linguistic skills in major modern languages and an equal mastery of classical languages ranging from Latin to old German and Dutch. In so doing, he was able to access and make available to scholars an extremely broad range of hitherto unpublished sources. Enriched by a unique background, Hsia has gradually begun to explore new territories in the field of sinology and Chinese studies. Writing about Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit of the late Renaissance who

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Published: Feb 19, 2014

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