Question of Hu

ISBN-10: 0679725806
ISBN-13: 9780679725800
Edition: 1989
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/23/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

This lively and elegant book by the acclaimed historian Jonathan D. Spence reconstructs an extraordinary episode in the early intercourse between Europe and China. It is the story of John Hu, a lowly but devout Chinese Catholic who in 1722 accompanied a Jesuit missionary on a journey to France -- a journey that ended with Hu's confinement in a lunatic asylum. At once a triumph of historical detective work and a gripping narrative, The Question of Hu deftly probes the collision of two cultures, with their different definitions of faith, madness, and moral obligation. Book jacket.

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.

Acknowledgments
Preface
The Question
Departure
The Ocean Voyage
Landfall
In the Provinces
Paris
Orleans
The Road to Charenton
Inside Charenton
Release
Return
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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