To Change China (Paperback)

Western Advisers in China

By Jonathan D. Spence

Penguin Books, 9780140055283, 352pp.

Publication Date: March 27, 1980

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Description

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.


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.


Praise For To Change China: Western Advisers in China

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