Makers and Shakers of Chinese History

Xu Guangqi: History’s most preeminent Shanghainese

Dec. 30, 2020

From military strategist and astronomer to agricultural scientist and mathematician, Xu Guangqi is one of the most talented Shanghainese from the past 400 years. He rose to one of the highest government positions in the Ming Dynasty, led the introduction of Western science and technology into China, and became one of the nation’s most influential Catholic converts in the 17th century. Let’s meet him.

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