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Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 by Barbara W. Tuchman
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Jul 01, 2011

really liked it
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Not as well integrated or, at times as coherent, as her European histories. A tangle of connections and relationships only half untied. Central characters sometimes seem to make cameos than fill true biographical roles.

Nevertheless Tuchman's prose is immensely readable and she does a much better job than most in explaining to the Eurocentric the consequences (not the causes) of the 19th century European and early 20th century American policies toward Asia's sick man.

Stilwell, like America, emerges as an unlikable hero in modern Chinese emancipation. Unlike America, Stilwell's motives remain admirable despite the subsequent years. What alternatives were really available to either at that time and with the key Chinese actors?
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