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Listening to China: Sound and the Sino-Western Encounter, 1770-1839

Thomas Irvine

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780226667126
eISBN:
9780226667263
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226667263.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

From bell ringing to fireworks, gongs to cannon salutes, a dazzling variety of sounds and soundscapes marked the China encountered by the West around 1800. These sounds were gathered by diplomats, ... More


Sound and the Sino-Western Encounter

Thomas Irvine

in Listening to China: Sound and the Sino-Western Encounter, 1770-1839

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780226667126
eISBN:
9780226667263
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226667263.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The author argues that the sonic history of the Sino-Western encounter in the decades around 1800 can be read as a hardening of Western imperial desire to dominate China, in part because the economic ... More


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