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Focus: Using Chinese Local Gazetteers for the History of Science


Wu,  Shellen
Department Artifacts, Action, Knowledge, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Max Planck Society;

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Wu, S. (Ed.). (2022). Focus: Using Chinese Local Gazetteers for the History of Science [Special Issue]. Isis, 113(4),.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000C-BDD0-4
The Four Focus pieces presented here developed from these meetings. I use LoGaRT in the introduction and my article to locate new institutional spaces for science from the nineteenth century; Peter Lavelle focuses on agricultural knowledge in local gazetteers to trace a new environmental history of China that is deeply embedded in localities; Jiajing Zhang argues that the combined use of longitude and latitude lines and the indigenous “grid of scales” on local gazetteer maps indicates an openness to new technologies from the West rather than a stubborn clinging to tradition. Each of us examines a different facet of how LoGaRT might be used for research in the history of science.