The Kangxi Emperor in Western Eyes (and Ears)

China Studies Research Centre, La Trobe University

Dr Paul Rule

2:30-4:00pm24 August 2017
Room 318, Education 2 (ED2), La Trobe University

There has been much controversy amongst Qing Dynasty specialists on the respective merits of the early Qing emperors, Kangxi (reigned 1661-1722) and his grandson Qianlong (reigned 1736-1795). In this presentation, a case will be made for Kangxi’s achievements but especially on the basis of his personality, policies and actions as seen in an unusual and underused source – the records of the Jesuit missionaries at his court.

Dr Paul Rule is an Honorary Associate of the China Studies Research Centre, La Trobe University. He is on the Advisory Board of the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, University of San Francisco, a member of Macau Ricci Institute, Macau, China, and a former senior lecturer in history at La Trobe University.