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China in My Life: A Historian's Own History (review)

China in My Life: A Historian's Own History (review) 570 China Review International: Vol. 4, No. 2, Fall 1997 C. Martin Wilbur. China in My Life: A Historian's Own History. Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe, 1996. 330 pp. Hardcover $39.95, isbn 1-56324-763-1. C. Martin Wilbur's reminiscences of a long life and career in sinology, upon careful reading, reveal layers of useful knowledge and life experience. The narrative is presented chronologically, derived from memories, personal travel journals, engagement books saved, and especially from letters sent by this meticulous historian to his wife and parents--and from all of this there emerges a kaleidoscope of nuggets and anecdotal minutiae that will appeal to a variety of readers. There is useful information on topics that include Chinese historiography, Field Museum curatorship, institutional pioneering in academia, the Chinese-American wartime alliance and intelligence gathering, and subsequent postwar fieldwork and scholarly exchanges. For graduates of the Columbia University East Asian Institute, many of the names of persons and events here will have meaning. Through it all is interwoven a personal story that reveals the high priority that Wilbur placed on marriage, family, students, and friendships. Apparently, no one had to advise Wilbur, the serious seeker of historical evidence, also to "get a life." http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

China in My Life: A Historian's Own History (review)

China Review International , Volume 4 (2) – Mar 30, 1997

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570 China Review International: Vol. 4, No. 2, Fall 1997 C. Martin Wilbur. China in My Life: A Historian's Own History. Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe, 1996. 330 pp. Hardcover $39.95, isbn 1-56324-763-1. C. Martin Wilbur's reminiscences of a long life and career in sinology, upon careful reading, reveal layers of useful knowledge and life experience. The narrative is presented chronologically, derived from memories, personal travel journals, engagement books saved, and especially from letters sent by this meticulous historian to his wife and parents--and from all of this there emerges a kaleidoscope of nuggets and anecdotal minutiae that will appeal to a variety of readers. There is useful information on topics that include Chinese historiography, Field Museum curatorship, institutional pioneering in academia, the Chinese-American wartime alliance and intelligence gathering, and subsequent postwar fieldwork and scholarly exchanges. For graduates of the Columbia University East Asian Institute, many of the names of persons and events here will have meaning. Through it all is interwoven a personal story that reveals the high priority that Wilbur placed on marriage, family, students, and friendships. Apparently, no one had to advise Wilbur, the serious seeker of historical evidence, also to "get a life."

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 30, 1997

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