To Change China Western Advisers in China

ISBN-10: 0140055282
ISBN-13: 9780140055283
Edition: 1980 (Revised)
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1980
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/27/1980
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748

"To change China" was the goal of foreign missionaries, soldiers, doctors, teachers, engineers, and revolutionaries for more than three hundred years. But the Chinese, while eagerly accepting Western technical advice, clung steadfastly to their own religious and cultural traditions. As a new era of relations between China and the United States begins, the tales in this volume will serve as cautionary histories for businessmen, diplomats, students, or any other foreigners who foolishly believe that they can transform this vast, enigmatic country. "A fascinating popular book. . . . Mr. Spence has given these careers fascinating first-person detail. He is a skilled craftsman." (John K. Fairbank, The New York Review of Books)

Jonathan D. Spence was born in England and received his B.A. from Cambridge University. In 1966 he received his Ph.D. from Yale University and has been a professor of Chinese history there since that time. Spence has won a variety of major fellowships and has served as visiting professor at Belfast's Queens University, Princeton University, and Beijing University. He employs a distinctive writing and historical style, weaving together various kinds of materials to fashion new forms of historical narrative. The best examples of his unique style are The Death of Woman Wang (1979) and The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. In his works, Spence provides a uniquely accessible vision of late imperial China. His writings have won numerous awards and prizes. The Gate of Heavenly Peace (1982) won two awards---the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Henry D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Schall and Verbiest: To God Through the Stars
Peter Parker: Bodies or Souls
Ward and Gordon: Glorious Days of Looting
Lay and Hart: Power, Patronage, Pay
Martin and Fryer: Trimming the Lamps
Edward Hume: Yale for China
Mikhail Borodin: Life in the Sun
Todd and Bethune: Overcome All Terrors
Chennault, Stilwell, Wedemeyer: A Compass for Shangri-La
The Last Rounds: U.S.A. and U.S.S.R.
Conclusion
Chapter Notes
Index

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