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Benjamin Bowen Carter as an Agent of Global Knowledge
Author: Man Shun Yeung
Benjamin Bowen Carter (1771-1831), one of the first Americans to speak and read Chinese, studied Chinese in Canton and advocated its use in diplomacy decades before America established a formal relationship with China. Drawing on rediscovered manuscripts, this book reconstructs Carter’s multilingual learning experience, reveals how he helped translate a diplomatic document into Chinese, describes his interactions with European sinologists, and traces his attempts to convince the US government and American academics of the practical and cultural value of Chinese studies. The cross-cultural perspective employed in this book emphasizes the reciprocal dynamics of Carter’s relationships with Chinese and European “others,” while Carter’s story itself forces a rewriting of the earliest years of US-China relations.
Author: Xiaonan Deng
Translator: Kek Koon Wee
Construction et déconstruction de l’idée d’empire tartare en France du XVIe siècle à la fin du XVIIIe siècle
De Tamerlan à Gengis Khan traces the evolution of the idea of the Tartar empire, notion based on a supposed historical continuity between these two emperors, and which has structured the French perception of the history of the Orient in pre-modern era. Matthieu Chochoy highlights the dynamics and networks within which this idea circulated and the sources, mainly produced in Persia and China, that fed this paradigm.
The access to these sources by French authors illustrates the different stages of the development of Oriental studies and the integration of this knowledge in scholarly circles. In this perspective, this book bears witness to the encounter between a history of scholarship in the classical age and an intellectual history of Orientalism.

De Tamerlan à Gengis Khan retrace l'évolution de l'idée d'empire tartare, notion qui repose sur une supposée continuité historique entre ces deux empereurs et qui a structuré la perception française de l'histoire de l'Orient à l'époque moderne. Matthieu Chochoy met en lumière les dynamiques et les réseaux au sein desquelles cette idée a circulé et les sources majoritairement produites en Perse et en Chine qui ont alimenté ce paradigme.
L'accès à ces sources par les auteurs français illustre les différentes étapes du développement des études orientales et l'intégration de ces savoirs dans les milieux érudits. Dans cette perspective, ce livre témoigne de la rencontre entre une histoire de l'érudition à l'âge classique et une histoire intellectuelle de l'orientalisme.
Maps and Territory-Building in the Northern Indochinese Peninsula (1885-1914)
Author: Marie de Rugy
Translator: Saskia Brown
This book delivers a connected history of imperial margins in Southeast Asia by comparing the British and French geographical policies and practices at the end of the 19th century. It focuses on a time of scramble in Asia: the English incorporated Upper Burma in the Raj (1885), whereas the French created a protectorate on Annam-Tonkin (the Northern part of present-day Vietnam). It shows how these border areas, disputed by colonial and national states, have been represented and fashioned by different actors: European and Chinese empires, Siam and local populations. Laying these discourses alongside the geographical practices of the time and emplacing both within the longue durée allows to shed light on the original process of territorial construction that they generated.

This work is translated and updated after the French work Aux confins des empires. Cartes et constructions territoriales dans le nord de la péninsule indochinoise (1885-1914) published by Éditions de la Sorbonne (Paris, France), in 2018.
Transmissions, Receptions, and Regional Contexts
Japan on the Jesuit Stage offers a comprehensive overview of the representations of early modern Japan in contemporary European Neo-Latin school theater. The chapters in the volume catalog and analyze representative plays which were produced in the hundreds all over Europe, from the Iberian Peninsula to present-day Croatia and Poland.

Taking full account of existing scholarship but also introducing a large amount of previously unknown primary material, the contributions by European and Japanese researchers significantly expand the horizon of investigation on early modern European theatrical reception of East Asian elements and will be of particular interest to students of global history, Neo-Latin, and theater studies.