The Question of Hu
By (author) Jonathan D. Spence
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Question of Hu by Jonathan D. Spence
Book DescriptionThis lively and elegant book by the acclaimed historian Jonathan D. Spence reconstructs an extraordinary episode in the early intercourse between Europe and China. It is the story of John Hu, a lowly but devout Chinese Catholic, who in 1722 accompanied a Jesuit missionary on a journey to France--a journey that ended with Hu's confinement in a lunatic asylum. At once a triumph of historical detective work and a gripping narrative, The Question of Hu deftly probes the collision of tw ocultures, with their different definitions of faith, madness, and moral obligation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780679725800
(203mm x 133mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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Chan's Great Continent, Paperback (December 1999)» View all books by Jonathan D. Spence
"Like everything else written by Jonathan Spence, The Chan's Great Continent is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in China. Spence is one of the greatest Sinologists of our time, and his work is both authoritative and highly readable." -Los Angeles Times Book Review
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Author Biography - Jonathan D. Spence
Jonathan Spence's eleven books on Chinese history includeThe Gate of Heavenly Peace, Treason by the Book, andThe Death of Woman Wang. His awards include a Guggenheim and a MacArthur Fellowship. He teaches at Yale University."
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