To Change China: Western Advisers In China

Paperback | March 27, 1980

byJonathan 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 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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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 hun...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:March 27, 1980Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140055282

ISBN - 13:9780140055283

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Table of Contents

To Change China - Jonathan D. Spence 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

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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