原作名: China: A New History
作者: 費正清 / 戈德曼
A New History
John King Fairbank was the West’s doyen on China, and this book is the full and final expression of his lifelong engagement with this vast ancient civilization. It remains a masterwork without parallel. The distinguished historian Merle Goldman brings the book up to date, covering reforms in the post-Mao period through the early years of the twenty-first century, including the leadership of Hu Jintao. She also provides an epilogue discussing the changes in contemporary China that will shape the nation in the years to come.
譯者: 陸惠勒/ 陳祖懷/ 陳維益/ 宋瑜
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"China Bound: A Fifty-year Memoir"by John Fairbank.
The Book Speaks for Itself: "For twenty years I also had tried to meet and know everyone on all sides of the China field. It was like virtuously accumulating kerosene and kindling against the winter cold only to find they could be used by arsonists."
A Little about the Book: Long the leading western expert on China, the "Old China Hand of Old China Hands," Fairbank published this memoir in 1982. The book deals not only with his experience with China, but with his experience with the United States of America -- specifically in the form of "the McCarthy Period."
Fairbank was from South Dakota, Sioux Falls, and proud of it. He went there to high school for two years before transferring to prep school in the East. Two years at University of Wisconsin, two at Harvard, then two plus at Oxford for a D. Phil. It was at Oxford, pursuing a thesis about the British empire's China operation, he learned that Qing dynasty archives were being opened on his period of interest, so he went to Beijing where he studied at Tsinghua University under Tsiang Tingfu, a prominent historian. He returned to take up a teaching position at Harvard one year before Japanese militarists invaded China and five years before they attacked Pearl Harbor.
His war service with the OSS and the Office of War Information brought him back to China and Chongqing, where, like most foreigners, he sensed that Guomindang corruption was insurmountable and that Chiang Kai-shek would lose. After the war, as "the McCarthy Period" gained steam, he was briefly accused of being "soft" on Communism, particularly in connection with hearings before a committee headed by Senator Pat McCarran, a Nevadan trying to outdo McCarthy. As he shows in this memoir, he weathered this storm with the help of Harvard University.
He founded a center there which was later named in his honor. He also launched, with Denis Twitchett of Cambridge University, the monumental Cambridge History of China, now about 15 volumes. He also published this memoir, which is still worth reading for any westerner with an interest in China.
A unique figure, is he not?