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Empires of CoalFueling China's Entry into the Modern World Order, 1860-1920$
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Shellen Xiao Wu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780804792844

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804792844.001.0001

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Ferdinand von Richthofen and the Geology of Empire

Ferdinand von Richthofen and the Geology of Empire

(p.33) 2 Ferdinand von Richthofen and the Geology of Empire
Empires of Coal

Shellen Xiao Wu

Stanford University Press

Chapter Two examines Richthofen’s contributions to Chinese views of its own mineral resources. Richthofen’s career spanned the zenith of European colonial expansion in the nineteenth century, concomitant with the golden age of the railroads and steamers. His academic work on China connected the geography of the eastern seaboard to the Central Asian landmass. Yet his enduring legacy in China remains his observations of Chinese mines and estimates of Chinese mineral potential.

Keywords:   Ferdinand von Richthofen, coal, mapping, Jesuits, Orientalism, exploration

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