Jonathan D. Spence


Born
in Surrey, The United Kingdom
August 11, 1936

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Jonathan D. Spence is a historian specializing in Chinese history. His self-selected Chinese name is Shǐ Jǐngqiān (simplified Chinese: 史景迁; traditional Chinese: 史景遷), which roughly translates to "A historian who admires Sima Qian."

He has been Sterling Professor of History at Yale University since 1993. His most famous book is The Search for Modern China, which has become one of the standard texts on the last several hundred years of Chinese history.

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The Search For Modern China

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The Question of Hu

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Treason by the Book

3.66 avg rating — 292 ratings — published 2001 — 12 editions
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Return to Dragon Mountain: ...

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“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

“The written word has its limits and its challenges, for the primal sound in the whole world is that made by the human voice, and the likeness of this human voice must be rendered in dots and strokes...Yet I never forget that the voice, too, is important...Don't mumble or hesitate. Speak...in a loud voice, clearly, and without fear.”
Jonathan D. Spence, Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi

“Seek joyfulness when you can, for seeking joy leads to an auspicious atmosphere.”
Jonathan D. Spence, Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi
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