Zou Jiajun posted on the Sinologists Facebook group asking how the term “Early Modern” got to be used in China studies.
This is a an interesting question, since we sometimes use the term Early Modern, sometimes Late Imperial.
“Economic Change in Early Modern China: An Analytic Framework.” Economic Development and Cultural Change 9, no.
Thus the journal Ch’ing-shih wen-t’i became Late Imperial China.
Now we may push Early Modern or Late Imperial back to the Song, but that would have been impossible earlier given how little we knew and how they were working back from 1840 to figure out what this Early Modern/Late Imperial China was.

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