The Formation of Encyclopaedic Commonplaces During the Late Qing: Entries on the Newspaper

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Abstract

This paper proposes to do two things: sketch out the development of a stock of shared information and judgment on a given topic—“the newspaper”—through the various late Qing encyclopaedias; and sketch out the actual use of late Qing encyclopaedias as an information base for the new form of examinations that came with the “Reform of Governance,” Xinzheng 新政, beginning in 1901. In the Chinese entries the term bao 報 refers to a periodical publication. The word “newspaper” will here be used as shorthand for “periodical publication.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Chinese StudiesHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany

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