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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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Lost and Found in Translation

Lost and Found in Translation

Geology, Mining, and the Search for Wealth and Power

(p.66) 3 Lost and Found in Translation
Empires of Coal

Shellen Xiao Wu

Stanford University Press

Chapter Three discusses missionary translations of geology works in the nineteenth century. In the act of translation, geology became further entangled with the role of science in imperialism and the wealth and power of the West. Nineteenth century missionary translations of science in the treaty ports tell only a small part of the story. Focusing on the deficiencies of these translations would only miss the greater accomplishment of these foreign and Chinese translators of Western science texts as cultural intermediaries. These late nineteenth century translations introduced the field of geology to the Chinese public, but in the tumultuous political and economic environment of the late Qing period it was mining and control over mining rights that added urgency to the adoption of modern geology.

Keywords:   James Dwight Dana, Charles Lyell, James Dwight Macgowan, John Fryer, Joseph Edkins, Protestant missionaries, translations

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