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The Exotic West

Peter Burke, 6 February 1986

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci 
by Jonathan Spence.
Faber, 350 pp., £15, April 1985, 0 571 13239 1
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Chine et Christianisme: Action et Réaction 
by Jacques Gernet.
Gallimard, 342 pp., frs 154, May 1982, 2 07 026366 5
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... of Ricci’s China mission but on a much longer period. It is a study of this latter kind which Jacques Gernet has provided in his Chine et Christianisme, a book which seems to have appeared just too late for Spence to use it. Gernet deals with the period from Ricci’s arrival in China to the late 17th ...

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