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American Images of China, 1931-1949

American Images of China, 1931-1949 - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0804736541

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ISBN13: 978-0804736541
ISBN10: 0804736545
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Published: 1996
International: No

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American Images of China, 1931-1949 - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0804736541

T. Christopher Jespersen

ISBN13: 978-0804736541
ISBN10: 0804736545
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: Stanford University Press

Published: 1996
International: No
Summary

In the 1930's and 1940's, 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 view was fostered by a wide range of literary, political, and business leaders, including Pearl S. Buck, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Wendell Willkie, Joseph Stillwell, Claire Chennault, and most notably, the powerful publisher of Life and Time, Henry R. Luce. This book shows how the notion of the Chinese as aspiring Americans helped shape American opinions 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 a symbol of American hopes and fears. One of the more important consequences was the idealization of China and the demonization of Japan.

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Jespersen, T. Christopher : Clark Atlanta University

T. Christopher Jespersen is Assistant Professor of American Diplomatic History at Clark Atlanta University

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