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Jonathan Spence (1936-2021), The New York Review of Books Archive….1

Posted: December 29th, 2021 | No Comments »

Jonathan Spence died on Christmas Day and nobody seriously working on China – contemporary or historical – has not been deeply influenced by his work. Excellent to see that ChinaFile has uploaded all of his articles from The New York Review of Books (here) that includes writing on my book Midnight in Peking, as well as Joseph Needham, Pearl S Buck, Mao, Zhou Enlai, Nixon and Kissinger, Madame Chiang and his excellent reviews of Frederick Wakeman’s work….

Amongst Spence’s extensive writings To Change China is a, perhaps obviously, favourite….
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