To Change China: Western Advisers in China by Jonathan D. SpenceFrom “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.
Jonathan D. Spence holds the position of Sterling Professor of History, Emeritus, at Yale University, and is well-known throughout the world for his insightful views on modern China. A graduate of the University of Cambridge and Yale University, Spence holds a number of honorary degrees, has served as president of the American Historical Association , and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Michael and St. George from Queen Elizabeth II.
Jonathan Dermot Spence born 11 August is an English-born American historian and public intellectual specialising in Chinese history. His most widely read book is The Search for Modern China , a survey of the last several hundred years of Chinese history based on his popular course at Yale. A prolific author, reviewer, and essayist, he has published more than a dozen books on China. He retired from Yale in Spence's major interest is modern China, especially the Qing Dynasty , and relations between China and the West.
Thank you! A picture gallery of men who tried ""to change China"" by converting her to Western ways, this book chronicles the failed attempts of sixteen ""barbarians"" to impose on China their own vision of her destiny. In separate chapters on figures as diverse as 17th century Jesuit astronomers and 20th century Cold Warriors, Spence pinpoints essential similarities uniting ""China hands"" both celebrated and obscure: a common desire to escape the frustrations of life at home; a common sense of superiority to their hosts; a common misjudgment of China's real needs; and a common fate--to be used by their would-be pupils and cast aside. The book is low-key and neutral in tone. But some bias is evident.
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By Frederic E. Wakeman Jr. Jonathan D. His was a lettered family. Dermot Spence had attended Oxford and Heidelberg universities in the late s and spoke excellent German.
Spence, Jonathan D. Publication Timeline. Most widely held works about Jonathan D Spence. Most widely held works by Jonathan D Spence. The search for modern China by Jonathan D Spence Book 74 editions published between and in 3 languages and held by 3, WorldCat member libraries worldwide This work chronicles the history of China for over four hundred years through the spring of The Gate of Heavenly Peace : the Chinese and their revolution, by Jonathan D Spence Book 40 editions published between and in English and held by 2, WorldCat member libraries worldwide Spanning the years , this book is a study of some prominent members of China's intellectual elite during a turbulent period of the country's history.