93 BOOK REVIEWS Andrew C. Ross, A Vision Betrayed: the Jesuits in Japan and China 1542- 1742, Maryknoll/New York: Orbis Books, 216pp.; ISBN 0-88344-991-9 US$ 34.95. Ross, a senior lecturer in the history of Christian mission in Edinburgh, has set himself to a very difficult task. He wants to delineate the grand design of the missionary strategy of the Jesuits in Japan and China from the sixteenth until the eighteenth century. He calls this the basic vision that was betrayed. This is a courageous endeavour, and also a very valuable undertaking since so many primary sources now have been published. The work of Francis Xavier in Japan, the personality of Alexander Valignano, the great strategic genius for East Asia during a long period, are recounted in full detail as well as the disaster after the 'Christian century of Japan'. Also the approach of Matthew Ricci, who played the roles of a Christian priest and a Confucian scholar at the court of Beijing, and the later history of the Jesuits in China are amply recapitu- lated. Finally the question is posed: what is the origin of this vision? In the presentation of the facts, the reader is given a
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