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Names: Ewertowski, Tomasz, author.

Title: Images of China in Polish and Serbian travel writings (1720-1949) / by Tomasz Ewertowski.

Description: Leiden ; Boston : Brill Rodopi, 2021. | Series: Studia imagologica, 0927-4065 ; volume 28 | Includes bibliographical references and index. | Summary: “In Images of China in Polish and Serbian Travel Writings (1720-1949), Tomasz Ewertowski examines how Polish and Serbian travelers described China, surveys various factors which influenced their style of writing, and illustrates the social, political and intellectual context that determined their different representations of the Middle Kingdom. The corpus includes a vast array of texts written by more than 80 authors who traveled to China from the 18th to the mid-20th century, including sources that have not been published. Besides making new facts and sources accessible, the research presented in this book introduces a comparative perspective and provides a thorough literary and cultural analysis of the aforesaid travelogues”—Provided by publisher.

Identifiers: LCCN 2020030408 (print) | LCCN 2020030409 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004434561 (hardback) | ISBN 9789004435445 (ebook)

Subjects: LCSH: China—Description and travel. | Travelers’ writings, Polish—History and criticism. | Travelers’ writings, Serbian—History and criticism. | Polish people—China—History. | Serbs—China—History.

Classification: LCC DS709 .E94 2021 (print) | LCC DS709 (ebook) | DDC 915.104/3—dc23

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ISSN 0927-4065

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