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To Change China by Jonathan D. Spence
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Jan 03, 10

bookshelves: history
Read in September, 1984

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.
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