United States and China

ISBN-10: 067492438X
ISBN-13: 9780674924383
Edition: 5th 1983
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Book details

List price: $51.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 1983
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 664
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

For two generations scholars and general readers have looked to John King Fairbank for knowledge and insights about China. In three editions of The United States and China he has provided these. In this fourth edition, enlarged, he includes a new Preface and an Epilogue that brings the book up to date through the events of 1982. He has also updated the vast bibliography and both indexes. This book stands almost alone as a history of China, an analysis of Chinese society, and an account of Sino-American relations, all in brief compass. The older portions of the book still sparkle, and they have been refined by the latest scholarship and the author's own observations in the People's Republic of China. And many photographs, especially chosen by John and Wilma Fairbank, show a changing land and its inhabitants.

Born in South Dakota, John King Fairbank attended local public schools for his early education. From there he went on first to Exeter, then the University of Wisconsin, and ultimately to Harvard, from which he received his B.A. degree summa cum laude in 1929. That year he traveled to Britain as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1932 he went to China as a teacher and after extensive travel there received his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1936. Between 1941 and 1946, he was in government service---as a member of the Office of Strategic Services, as special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to China, and finally as director of the U.S. Information Service in China. Excepting those years, beginning in 1936, Fairbank spent his entire career at Harvard University, where he served in many positions, including Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and director of Harvard's East Asian Research Center. Fairbank, who came to be considered one of the world's foremost authorities on modern Chinese history and Asian-West relations, was committed to reestablishing diplomatic and cultural relations with China. He was also committed to the idea that Americans had to become more conversant with Asian cultures and languages. In his leadership positions at Harvard and as president of the Association for Asian Studies and the American Historical Association, he sought to broaden the bases of expertise about Asia. At the same time, he wrote fluidly and accessibly, concentrating his work on the nineteenth century and emphasizing the relationship between China and the West. At the same time, his writings placed twentieth-century China within the context of a changed and changing global order. It was precisely this understanding that led him to emphasize the reestablishment of American links with China. More than anyone else, Fairbank helped create the modern fields of Chinese and Asian studies in America. His influence on American understanding of China and Asia has been profound.

Foreword
Preface, 1983
Introduction
The Chinese Scene
The Contrast of North and South China's Origins
The Harmony of Man and Nature
The Old Order
The Nature of Chinese Society Social Structure
The Peasant: Family and Kinship
The Market Community Early China as an ""Oriental"" Society
The Medieval Flowering
The Gentry Class
The Chinese Written Language--The Scholar Chinese Writing
The Scholar Class Nondevelopment of Capitalism--The Merchant

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