Ruan Yuan, 1764-1849: The Life and Work of a Major Scholar-Official in Nineteenth-Century China before the Opium War

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Hong Kong University Press, Aug 1, 2006 - History - 416 pages
This book explores the life and work of Ruan Yuan (1764–1849), a scholar-official of renown in mid-Qing China prior to the Opium War, before traditional institutions and values became altered by incursions from the West. His distinction as an official, scholar, and patron of learning has been recognized by both his contemporaries and modern scholars. He was also exulted as an honest official and an exemplary man of the 'Confucian persuasion'. His name is mentioned in almost all the works on Qing history or Chinese classics because of the wide range of his research and publications. A number of these publications are still being reprinted today. This is the first full-length biography of Ruan Yuan in English, and the only one focusing on all aspects of the man's life and work in the context of his time. It follows Ruan Yuan from his childhood in Yangzhou, expansion of his intellectual horizons and political network in Beijing, his long service in the provinces handling some of the most thorny issues of the day in security and control, to the glory as a senior statesman in the capital, and retirement in Yangzhou.

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Yangzhou 176486
Beijing 178693
Shandong 17935 Zhejiang 17957
Piracy Suppression in
Investigations of Secret
Management of Foreign Relations at Canton 181726
Management of Ethnic Minorities and Border Security in Yunnan
Ruan Yuans Social Welfare Programmes
The Women in Ruan Yuans Life
Grand Secretary in Beijing 18358
Retirement in Yangzhou 183849
Ruan Genealogy
The Liu Fenggao Affair
Published Sources in Western Languages
Glossary and Index

Scholar and Patron of Learning of the MidQing Era
Man of the Confucian Persuasion

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Betty Peh-T'i Wei is a research historian currently holding honorary appointments at the Institute of Qing History of People's University, Beijing, and the Centre of Asian Studies and the Department of History, the University of Hong Kong. Her research interest is focused on the early nineteenth-century China, Europe, and the United States. Now retired as Head of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, she has remained active in research and writing. Her research on Ruan Yuan has taken her to libraries in Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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