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To Change China: Western Advisers in China #2020

To Change China Western Advisers in China 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 chan

  • Title: To Change China: Western Advisers in China
  • Author: Jonathan D. Spence
  • ISBN: 9780140055283
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback
  • To Change China: Western Advisers in China By Jonathan D. Spence, 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 than three hundred years But the Chinese, while eFrom 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 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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    1. One of Jonathan Spence s earliest books, this volume contains summaries of about a dozen Western experts and their attempts to reform China from within The earliest are Jesuit priests who hoped to convert the population and the emperor by means of astronomy, while the most recent are the American visitors in the Second World War and the Soviet technicians up until the Sino Soviet split in 1960 Spence finds a recurring pattern problems too big for one person or team to solve, and a Chinese refusa [...]

    2. From poor old Adam Schall to the Soviet advisers who helped the expansion of the nuclear arms race, this book tells in brief biographical sketches the stories of several Western advisers who came to China over the millennia in order to improve it All, as Spence shrewdly shows, ended being used by China, and often left or died there, alone with a feeling of dissatisfaction at the failure of their ends one exception being Norman Bethune, the Communist surgeon who, as Spence put it, used the Chines [...]

    3. The chapter on the Yale in China program was extremely interesting But what stands out is how many people believed that simply by showing up and exposing a 4,000 year old civilization to Western ideas of modernization, they could change that civilization immediately or necessarily for the better This book is about arrogrance as much as it is about good intentions And of course Spence once again writes with the flair and beauty that makes im such an unusual figure among srious historians.

    4. Mandatory reading for those going to China in any capacity Many of these men went to China pretending that they were doing so for noble ends, when what they really wanted was to realize dreams and ambitions unfulfilled at home In turn the country used them back Their spirit lives on in a thousand cynical laowais drinking their days away in Peking pubs.

    5. An important story, beautifully told Spence takes us back in time to the various attempts of Western visitors to change China Jesuits, military, diplomats, academics all of them encounter a society that has an overwhelming ability to subsume their efforts.

    6. Interesting story, but Spence is better when he s writing about a single subject and or about the Chinese themselves than about Western interaction with China Not sure why that is, as Spence is a great writer This one didn t hold my interest as much as his other books have.

    7. Very good concise history of western influence in China Spence writes for the ordinary person to understand the way in which westerners impacted the major cultural and political events in China during some of its most daring times.

    8. Westerners are still deluding themselves that they can change China A book as pertinent today as it was when first published at the time of Nixon s trip.

    9. Full of important lesson for any old China hands or anyone who interacts with China Chinese on a regular basis Surgical in its precision I would have given five stars if it was less dry.

    10. A collection real life stories about Western advisors in China during the opening of diplomatic relations between China and the Western world.

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