Reviews available data, including tribute missions, would have been helpful. Important themes, such as the Chinese world order, are only briefly alluded to. A central theme is lacking. But the specialist will want to consult this book if only for the wealth of its reference sources, despite the absence of a full bibliography. George Modelski George Modelski is a professor of political science emeritus at the University of Washington. He recently co-edited World System History: The Social Science of Long-term Change (Routledge, 2000). Eric Reinders. Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies: Christian Missionaries Imagine Chinese Religion. Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press, 2004. xvi, 266 pp. Hardcover 49.95, isbn 0520 247. In an address to the overseas mission agencies of the major U.S. church denominations more than three decades ago, John King Fairbank (who saw foreign intervention in China as not necessarily a bad thing) claimed that "[t]he American contribution to modern Chinese life in the full century from the 830's to the 940's is a very ramified and fascinating story of cultural-social contact. Influence was plainly two way." The understanding of the missionary presence and the Chinese response to it was, according to Fairbank, "highly
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Published: Dec 6, 2005
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