Chinese Roundabout: Essays in History and Culture (review)

Chinese Roundabout: Essays in History and Culture (review) 262 China Review International: Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 1994 to testify that the essays in this volume can enrich and stimulate our students' un- derstanding of major issues. Hoyt Cleveland Tillman Arizona State University Jonathan D. Spence. Chinese Roundabout: Essays in History and Culture. New York and London: W. W. Norton, 1992. 400 pp. Hardcover $24.95. Compared to the substantial monographs Jonathan Spence has already published, the essays in this collection can perhaps be viewed as canghai yizhu, 'unpicked pearls of the deep blue sea.' They are comparatively short, ranging in length from four pages ("Fang Chao-ying") to forty ("Food"), but they are written with the same erudition and style as his odier works, and reveal the judgment and percep- tion of a seasoned scholar of Chinese history and culture. Most of the pieces are reviews that have been reprinted from periodicals such as the New York Review ofBooks; some of fhe essays have appeared in books edited by other people; and only a couple are heretofore unpublished. The title, as the author explains, suggests among other things "a meandering that is yet some- how purposive," as well as a sense of excitement akin to that felt by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Chinese Roundabout: Essays in History and Culture (review)

China Review International, Volume 1 (2) – Mar 30, 2011

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262 China Review International: Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 1994 to testify that the essays in this volume can enrich and stimulate our students' un- derstanding of major issues. Hoyt Cleveland Tillman Arizona State University Jonathan D. Spence. Chinese Roundabout: Essays in History and Culture. New York and London: W. W. Norton, 1992. 400 pp. Hardcover $24.95. Compared to the substantial monographs Jonathan Spence has already published, the essays in this collection can perhaps be viewed as canghai yizhu, 'unpicked pearls of the deep blue sea.' They are comparatively short, ranging in length from four pages ("Fang Chao-ying") to forty ("Food"), but they are written with the same erudition and style as his odier works, and reveal the judgment and percep- tion of a seasoned scholar of Chinese history and culture. Most of the pieces are reviews that have been reprinted from periodicals such as the New York Review ofBooks; some of fhe essays have appeared in books edited by other people; and only a couple are heretofore unpublished. The title, as the author explains, suggests among other things "a meandering that is yet some- how purposive," as well as a sense of excitement akin to that felt by

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