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Surname 1 Name Institution Professor Date of submission The Forbidden City Background The Forbidden City located in Beijing China is one of the ancient cities dating back in the 15 th century. History accounts it as a palace built for Ming Emperors during the mid-Ming dynasty up to the end of Qing Dynasty in the early 20 th century. A number of scholars have been able to discuss the city, looking at the history, setting and its significance. Among the scholars is Jeremy Clarkes who reviews Matteo Ricci work in the famous “Jesuit in the Forbidden city. A book that tells of the account of travel to the city. The article will focus on this journal coupled with Trent Pomplun, (2012) review of the same work. It will use the two books two books to bring out the objectives requested in the rubric. Jeremy Clarkes Article During the four hundred years commemoration of the work of Matteo in china, Jeremy accounted for his work. He focuses on when Ricci first entered China in 1583 and his journal to the Forbidden City. A small focus on the discovery on trade in silk and tobacco has been admitted in the review. In architecture, the idea of making the houses warm in winter using heating technology that had not been in the west and pocket warmers for ladies define an advanced technological city of its times. The marvel of Ricci and comparison of culture, work separation among genders and food preparation are used for emphasis. Forbidden City was the
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Surname 2 home of emperors and hence it defined the height of all things for the citizens as well as for the western traveler that reached there. Focus It has become clear that Ricci was among the first westerners to enter china. After arrival at Macau which had a Portuguese trading post in 1582, he began as a Christian missionary. At the time, china was limited to Macau. A number of locals had converted to Christianity and changed from their culture to live like Portuguese. Not a single missionary had tried to learn speaking or writing in Chinese which made their work slow. Ricci on the other hand is recorded to have made efforts to understand the language by inviting Michele Ruggeri. This was the initiation attempt to enter into mainland china ( Clarke, 181-184). Jeremy does not make additions to the journal of world history. He looks at the life of Ricci through a chronology of events from birth to his time in china. The Forbidden City as described by most scholars only revolves at how Ricci got there and what he did. They fail to contrast the difference in culture and the issues that limited tat explorers in the region. Jeremy looks at a number of previous writers to bring forth his messages.
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