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Jonathan D. Spence

“If you want to really know something you have to observe or experience it in person; if you claim to know something on the basis of hearsay, or on happening to see it in a book, you'll be a laughingstock to those who really know.”


Jonathan D. Spence, Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi
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Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi by Kangxi
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