Chinese Roundabout Essays in History and Culture

ISBN-10: 0393309940

ISBN-13: 9780393309942

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List price: $24.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/17/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

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.

Introduction
Crossing the Cultures
The Paris Years of Arcadio Huang
The Peregrinations of Mendes Pinto
Matteo Ricci and the Ascent to Peking
Gamble in China
Malraux's Temptation
Looking East: The Long View
The Confucian Impulse
The Seven Ages of K'ang-hsi
The Energies of Ming Life
A Painter's Circles
Collapse of a Purist
A Vibrant Doctrine
The Dialogue of Chinese Science
Being Chinese
Sinews of Society
Food
Medicine
Taxes
Opium
After the Empire
Cock's Blood and Browning Pistols
Film and Politics: Bai Hua's Bitter Love
Tiananmen
Poetry and Physics: The Spirits of Opposition
Teachers
Arthur Wright
Arthur Waley
John Fairbank
Fang Chao-ying
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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