China Helpers : Western Advisers in China 1620-1960. First Edition in dustjacket

By: SPENCE, Jonathan

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SPENCE, Jonathan. China Helpers : Western Advisers in China 1620-1960. London / Sydney / Toronto : The Bodley Head, (1969). First Edition. Pp (18),[3]-335,(1). Illustrated. Map. 8vo, maroon cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "For over three hundred years, advisers from the West placed their technical skills at the disposal of the Chinese. At the beginning, they brought knowledge of the stars and planetary motion; at the end, they introduced the Chinese to aerial wartare and the mysteries ot the atom. Jonathan Spence has chosen sixteen of these vivid personalities who have gone to China to help, or to conquer, and who have returned [or failed to return) in defeat. They range from Jesuit missionaries to Russian revolutionaries. They include swashbuckling mercenary leaders, British Customs Inspectors, doctors, translators, engineers and twentieth century generals, among whom are Chennault, Stilwell and Wedemeyer, whose compounded mistakes in World War II helped ease the way for a full communist take-over of the Chinese mainland. In telling their story, the author has gone a long way to telling the story of modern China as well. Today, as three centuries - or a millennium - ago, China remains inviolate, despite the hopes and ambitions, the dangers, triumphs and failures of these men. The China Helpers is a highly entertaining and informative study of altruism and exploitation in the jealous and rapidly changing world to which they dedicated much of their lives. It is also an authoritative piece of historical research." (from the dj). Contents : 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, and 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. Conclusion. Chapter notes. Index. Very good in slightly nicked, unclipped dustjacket. 35.00

Title: China Helpers : Western Advisers in China 1620-1960. First Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: SPENCE, Jonathan

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Publisher: Bodley Head, London / Sydney / Toronto, 1969,:

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