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9780394571904

The Question of Hu

The Question of Hu
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  • ISBN-13: 9780394571904
  • ISBN: 0394571908
  • Edition: 1st
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Publisher: Knopf

AUTHOR

Jonathan D. Spence

SUMMARY

This lively and elegant book by the acclaimed historian Jonathan D. Spence reconstructs an extraordinary episode in the early intercourse between Europe and China. It is the story of John Hu, a lowly but devout Chinese Catholic who in 1722 accompanied a Jesuit missionary on a journey to France -- a journey that ended with Hu's confinement in a lunatic asylum. At once a triumph of historical detective work and a gripping narrative, The Question of Hu deftly probes the collision of two cultures, with their different definitions of faith, madness, and moral obligation. Book jacket.Jonathan D. Spence is the author of 'The Question of Hu', published 1988 under ISBN 9780394571904 and ISBN 0394571908.

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