By N. G. D. Malmqvist

This e-book offers with the lifestyles and occupation of Bernhard Karlgren (1889-1978), whose examine in an excellent number of fields, fairly the historic phonology of the chinese, laid the principles for contemporary western sinology. The definition of the time period 'sinology' has gone through nice adjustments seeing that Bernhard Karlgren entered the level a century in the past. at the moment the time period lined examine regarding the language, literature, historical past, notion, and highbrow facets of early China. because the mid-twentieth century the definition has been significantly broadened to incorporate extra smooth facets, with exact emphasis on sociopolitical and fiscal themes. in lots of chinese departments in either China and the West, stories of early China were placed at a drawback. This ebook might function a reminder that the time can have come to redress the imbalance. The e-book starts off by means of sketching the highbrow milieu that characterised Karlgren's tuition years and ends with a point out of his final e-book, 'Moot phrases in a few Chuang Tse chapters,' released in 1976. The intervening seventy years have been choked with extreme scholarly activities-including his disputatio for the PhD in Uppsala in 1915; his next occupation as professor of East Asian languages at Gothenburg college, 1918-39; and his directorship of the Museum of a ways jap Antiquities in Stockholm, 1939-59. for a few years he served as vice-chancellor of Gothenburg collage and as president of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, background, and Antiquities. He additionally performed a number one position in quite a few endeavors to reinforce the status of Swedish humanities.

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