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While China Faced West American Reformers in Nationalist China, 1928-1937

Thomson, James C. Jr.

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ISBN 10: 0674951352 / ISBN 13: 9780674951358
Editorial: Harvard U.P., Cambridge, MA, 1969
Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
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(full book description) Harvard U.P., Cambridge, MA, 1969. 1st Edition VG+/VG, Hard Cover, w/Dust Jacket. Size=6.5"x9.5", 310pgs(INDEX). 1/4" & 1/8" DJ chip bottom rear fore-edge corner, ink owner name on front endpaper, o.w. clean, bright & tight. Price unclipped. Rest of book in Like New condition. ISBN 0674951352 20% OFF our regular catalogue price. SELLING WORLDWIDE since 1987. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE!. N° de ref. de la librería CONROY176014I

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Título: While China Faced West American Reformers in...

Editorial: Harvard U.P., Cambridge, MA

Año de publicación: 1969

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: First Edition.

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The years from 1928 to 1937 were the “Nanking decade” when the Chinese Nationalist government strove to build a new China with Western assistance. This was an interval of hope between the turbulence of the warlord-ridden twenties and the eight-year war with Japan that began in 1937. James Thomson explores the ways in which Americans, both missionaries and foundation representatives, tried to help the Chinese government and Chinese reformers undertake a transformation of rural society. His is the first in-depth study of these efforts to produce radical change and at the same time avoid the chaos and violence of revolution.

Despite the conservatism of the right wing in the Kuomintang party dictatorship, this Nanking decade saw many promising beginnings. American missionaries―the largest group of Westerners in the Chinese hinterland―often took the initiative locally, and some rallied to support of China’s first modern-minded government. They assisted both in rural reconstruction programs and in efforts of at ideological reform. Thomson analyzes the work of the National Christian Council in an area of Kiangsi province recently recovered from Communist rule. He also traces the deepening involvement of missionaries and the Chinese Christian Church in the “New Life Movement,” sponsored by Chiang Kai-shek.

Unhappily aware of the sharpening polarization of Chinese politics, these American reformers struggled in vain to steer clear of too close an identification with the ruling party. Yet they found themselves increasingly identified with the Nanking regime and their reform efforts obstructed by its disinclination or inability to revolutionize the Chinese countryside. In this way, American reformers in Nationalist China were forerunners of subsequent American attempts, under government sponsorship, to find a middle path between revolution and reaction in other situations of national upheaval.

Thomson grew up in Nanking and dealt with China policy as a member of the State Department and White House staffs under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. For this book he has used hitherto unexplored archives that document the participation of American private citizens in the process of Chinese social, economic, and political change.

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