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Chinese Studies in the West
(3,081 words)

1. Definition and Methods

Chinese Studies, or Sinology in European parlance, is generally defined as the "scholarly exploration of China." Although this explanation might point to the core of Sinological work, it must be considered imprecise and inadequate in light of today's academic standards…

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Schütte, Hans-Wilm, “Chinese Studies in the West”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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