Science and Confucian statecraft in East Asia / edited by Francesca Bray, Jongtae Lim.
- Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 
- Science and religion in East Asia ; volume 2
xi, 288 pages ; 25 cm.
- Confucianism -- China -- History.
Confucianism -- Korea -- History.
Religion and science -- China -- History.
Religion and science -- Korea -- History.
Science -- Political aspects -- History.
Religion and science.
Science -- Political aspects.
- Science and Confucian Statecraft in East Asia' explores science and technology as practiced in the governments of premodern China and Korea. Contrary to the stereotypical image of East Asian bureaucracy as a generally negative force having hindered free enquiries and scientific progress, this volume offers a more nuanced picture of how science and technology was deployed in the service of state governance in East Asia. Presenting richly documented cases of the major state-sponsored sciences, astronomy, medicine, gunpowder production, and hydraulics, this book illustrates how rulers' and scholar-officials' concern for efficient and legitimate governance shaped production, circulation, and application of natural knowledge and useful techniques.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Bray, Francesca, editor.
Lim, Jongtae, editor.
- Other format:
- Online version: Science and Confucian statecraft in East Asia
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