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To Change China: Western Advisers in China
     

To Change China: Western Advisers in China

by Jonathan D. Spence
 

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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

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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.

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“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140055283
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1980
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.27(w) x 7.83(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
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

Meet 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.

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