Bernhard Karlgren: Portrait of A Scholar by N. G. D. Malmqvist

By N. G. D. Malmqvist

This booklet bargains with the lifestyles and profession of Bernhard Karlgren (1889-1978), whose examine in an exceptional number of fields, quite the ancient phonology of the chinese, laid the principles for contemporary western sinology. The definition of the time period 'sinology' has passed through nice alterations considering Bernhard Karlgren entered the level a century in the past. at the moment the time period coated learn on the topic of the language, literature, background, inspiration, and highbrow facets of early China. because the mid-twentieth century the definition has been significantly broadened to incorporate extra sleek points, with particular emphasis on sociopolitical and fiscal subject matters. in lots of chinese departments in either China and the West, reviews of early China were placed at a drawback. This publication may possibly function a reminder that the time can have come to redress the imbalance. The ebook starts by way of sketching the highbrow milieu that characterised Karlgren's college 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 full of excessive scholarly activities-including his disputatio for the PhD in Uppsala in 1915; his next profession as professor of East Asian languages at Gothenburg collage, 1918-39; and his directorship of the Museum of a long way jap Antiquities in Stockholm, 1939-59. for a few years he served as vice-chancellor of Gothenburg college and as president of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, heritage, and Antiquities. He additionally performed a number one function in quite a few endeavors to bolster the status of Swedish humanities.

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