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To Change China : Western Advisers in China, 1620-1960 - Jonathan D. Spence

To Change China

Western Advisers in China, 1620-1960

Paperback Published: 27th March 1980
ISBN: 9780140055283
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 18+ years old

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"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")

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Praise for To Change China "Serious historical entertainment at its best." --The New York Times Book Review

"A fascinating book . . . Mr. Spence has given these careers fascinating first-person detail. He is a skilled craftsman." --The New York Review of Books

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Schall and Verbiest: To God Through the Starsp. 3
Peter Parker: Bodies or Soulsp. 34
Ward and Gordon: Glorious Days of Lootingp. 57
Lay and Hart: Power, Patronage, Payp. 93
Martin and Fryer: Trimming the Lampsp. 129
Edward Hume: Yale for Chinap. 161
Mikhail Borodin: Life in the Sunp. 184
Todd and Bethune: Overcome All Terrorsp. 205
Chennault, Stilwell, Wedemeyer: A Compass for Shangri-Lap. 228
The Last Rounds: U.S.A. and U.S.S.R.p. 279
Conclusionp. 289
Chapter Notesp. 294
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780140055283
ISBN-10: 0140055282
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 27th March 1980
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.24