9780679725800

The Question of Hu

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  • ISBN13:

    9780679725800

  • ISBN10:

    0679725806

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1989-10-23
  • Publisher: Vintage

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Summary

This lively and elegant book by the acclaimed historian Jonathan D. Spence reconstructs an extraordinary episode in the early intercourse between Europe and China. It is the story of John Hu, a lowly but devout Chinese Catholic who in 1722 accompanied a Jesuit missionary on a journey to France -- a journey that ended with Hu's confinement in a lunatic asylum. At once a triumph of historical detective work and a gripping narrative, The Question of Hu deftly probes the collision of two cultures, with their different definitions of faith, madness, and moral obligation. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi(6)
Preface xvii
1. The Question
3(2)
2. Departure
5(24)
3. The Ocean Voyage
29(15)
4. Landfall
44(12)
5. In the Provinces
56(14)
6. Paris
70(18)
7. Orléans
88(7)
8. The Road to Charenton
95(10)
9. Inside Charenton
105(14)
10. Release
119(14)
11. Return
133(2)
Notes 135(38)
Bibliography 173(8)
Index 181

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