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To change China : western advisers in China 1620-1960=1620-1960 / Jonathan Spence

Main Author Spence, Jonathan D., 1936- Country Estados Unidos. Publication New York : Penguin Books, cop. 1980 Description XVI, 335 p. : il. ; 20 cm ISBN 0-14-005528-2 CDU 327(510)
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

From "the best known and most talented historian of China writing in English today" ( Los Angeles Times) , an examination of a diverse collection of Western foreigners who attempted "to change China"

"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.

"With a new introduction and conclusion"

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Illustrations (p. vii)
  • Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  • Introduction (p. xiii)
  • 1. Schall and Verbiest: To God Through the Stars (p. 3)
  • 2. Peter Parker: Bodies or Souls (p. 34)
  • 3. Ward and Gordon: Glorious Days of Looting (p. 57)
  • 4. Lay and Hart: Power, Patronage, Pay (p. 93)
  • 5. Martin and Fryer: Trimming the Lamps (p. 129)
  • 6. Edward Hume: Yale for China (p. 161)
  • 7. Mikhail Borodin: Life in the Sun (p. 184)
  • 8. Todd and Bethune: Overcome All Terrors (p. 205)
  • 9. Chennault, Stilwell, Wedemeyer: A Compass for Shangri-La (p. 228)
  • 10. The Last Rounds: U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. (p. 279)
  • Conclusion (p. 289)
  • Chapter Notes (p. 294)
  • Index (p. 327)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Jonathan D. Spence was born in Surrey, England on August 11, 1936. He received a B.A. in history from Clare College, Cambridge University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He was Sterling Professor of History at Yale University from 1993 to 2008. As a historian specializing in Chinese history, he wrote several books including The Search for Modern China, The Death of Woman Wang, and The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. The Gate of Heavenly Peace won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Henry D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters.

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