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To Change China: Western Advisers in China

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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.

Synopsis:

"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)

Synopsis:

As a new era of relations between China and the United States begins, the tales in this volume illuminate the folly of foreign missionaries, soldiers, doctors, and others who foolishly believed they could transform the religious and cultural traditions of this vast, enigmatic country.

About the Author

Jonathan Spence's eleven books on Chinese history include The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Treason by the Book, and The Death of Woman Wang. His awards include a Guggenheim and a MacArthur Fellowship. He teaches at Yale University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Schall and Verbiest: To God Through the Stars

2. Peter Parker: Bodies or Souls

3. Ward and Gordon: Glorious Days of Looting

4. Lay and Hart: Power, Patronage, Pay

5. Martin and Fryer: Trimming the Lamps

6. Edward Hume: Yale for China

7. Mikhail Borodin: Life in the Sun

8. Todd and Bethune: Overcome All Terrors

9. Chennault, Stilwell, Wedemeyer: A Compass for Shangri-La

10. The Last Rounds: U.S.A. and U.S.S.R.

Chapter Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140055283
Author:
Spence, Jonathan D.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Spence, Jonathan D.
Location:
Harmondsworth, Eng. ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
China
Subject:
China Civilization Western influences.
Subject:
China Relations Foreign countries.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
t. 8/1-2
Publication Date:
19800331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.56x5.24x.64 in. .53 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , "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)

"Synopsis" by , As a new era of relations between China and the United States begins, the tales in this volume illuminate the folly of foreign missionaries, soldiers, doctors, and others who foolishly believed they could transform the religious and cultural traditions of this vast, enigmatic country.

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