Year published :2011

Pages :312 pp.

Size :15x23 cm.

Rights :Southeast Asia

ISBN: 9786162150326

Explorers and Scientists in China's Borderlands, 1880-1950

by Silkworm Books

Edited by Denise M. Glover, Stevan Harrell, Charles F. McKhann, and Margaret Byrne Swain

The scientists and explorers profiled in this engaging study of pioneering Euro‐American exploration of late imperial and Republican China range from botanists to ethnographers to missionaries. Although a diverse lot, all believed in objective, progressive, and universally valid science; a close association between scientific and humanistic knowledge; a lack of conflict between science and faith; and the union of the natural world and the world of “nature people.” Explorers and Scientists in China's Borderlands examines their cultural and personal assumptions while emphasizing their remarkable lives and considers their contributions to a body of knowledge that has important contemporary significance.

Essays are devoted to D. C. Graham, Joseph Rock, Reginald Farrer and George Forrest, Ernest Henry Wilson, Paul Vial, Johan Gunnar Andersson and Ding Wenjiang, and Friedrich Weiss and Hedwig Weiss‐Sonnenburg. Richly illustrated with historic photographs, this collection reveals the extraordinary lives and times of these remarkable people.

About the Editors

Denise M. Glover is visiting assistant professor of anthropology, University of Puget Sound

Stevan Harrell is professor of anthropology, University of Washington

Charles F. McKhann is professor of anthropology, Whitman College

Margaret Byrne Swain is associate adjunct professor of women and gender studies, University of California, Davis.

The other contributors are Magnus Fiskesjo, Paul Harris, He Jiangyu, Geng Jing, Jeff Kyong‐McClain, Erik Mueggler, Alan Waxman, Paul Weissich, Tamara Wyss, and Alvin Yoshinaga.


  • A collection of essays dedicated to some of the most influential scientific explorers of China
  • Covers both late imperial and early republican China
  • Features detailed illustrations and photographs


    China | science | history | Imperialism

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