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American images of China, 1931-1949

Author: T Christopher Jespersen
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book shows how the notion of the Chinese as aspiring Americans helped shape American opinion and policies toward Asia for almost twenty years. This notion derived less from the reality of Chinese historical or cultural similarities than from a projection of American values and culture; in the American view, fueled by various political, economic, and religious interests, China was less a geographical entity than  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Henry Robinson Luce; Henry R Luce; Henry Robinson Luce
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: T Christopher Jespersen
ISBN: 0804725969 9780804725965 0804736545 9780804736541
OCLC Number: 32820757
Description: xx, 254 pages, [14] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Missionaries and the Creation of American Perceptions of China, 1890-1931 --
1. Henry Luce and the Rise of Time Inc. --
2. Time Inc. and Its Stake in China --
3. United China Relief and the Creation of American Images of China --
4. Crusading Together: The Glorious War Years --
5. Madame Chiang and the Personality of Sino-American Relations --
6. The Underside of Sino-American Relations During World War II --
7. The Dawning of the American Century --
8. The Collapse of the American Century --
9. Coming to Terms with the Emotional Attachment to China.
Responsibility: T. Christopher Jespersen.
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In the 1930s and 1940s, the prevalent American view of China was that of a friendly, democratic, and increasingly Christian state, in many ways akin to the United States. This is an analysis of how  Read more...

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"Jesperson demonstrates admirably why we must recognise the images that once controlled the American way of thinking about China, why and how these were constructed, and why they have failed to Read more...

 
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