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Spence, Jonathan D.

Works: 348 works in 1,338 publications in 12 languages and 33,633 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Autobiographies  Sources  Case studies  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction, Other, Creator, win, wpr, Thesis advisor
Classifications: DS754, 951
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Jonathan D Spence
The search for modern China by Jonathan D Spence( Book )

85 editions published between 1990 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 3,947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work chronicles the history of China for over four hundred years through the spring of 1989
The Gate of Heavenly Peace : the Chinese and their revolution, 1895-1980 by Jonathan D Spence( Book )

45 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanning the years 1895-1980, this book is a study of some prominent members of China's intellectual elite during a turbulent period of the country's history
The memory palace of Matteo Ricci by Jonathan D Spence( Book )

74 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 2,189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is not only a rich and compelling narrative about Ricci's life in Italy, India, and China, but also a significant work of global history, in which intellectual, social, military, maritime, and religious themes are drawn together, juxtaposing the world of Counter-Reformation Europe with that of Ming China
Mao Zedong by Jonathan D Spence( Book )

24 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 1,936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This intimate portrait of Mao Zedong, one of the most formidable and elusive rulers in modern history, introduces the essential background about the Chinese leader, including his relations with family, friends, and confidential assistants, as well as his youthful writings, poems, letters, and drafts of speeches. Drawing from his expertise in Chinese politics & culture, the author penetrates Mao's rhetoric & infamous self-will to distill an intimate portrait of a man as withdrawn & mysterious as the emperors he disdained. The author superbly illuminates Mao, a leader who, at a watershed moment in history, turned the classic Chinese concept of reform through reversal into an endless adventure in upheaval. The complex persona of Chairman Mao-remembered with hate, awe, and even reverence-calls for what the Boston Globe has termed "Jonathan Spence's engaging blend of history, literature, and biography." Spence superbly illuminates Mao, a leader who, at a watershed moment in history, turned the classic Chinese concept of reform through reversal into an endless adventure in upheaval. Mao examines a chilling enigma for historians, students of human nature, and Americans fascinated more than ever by China
Emperor of China; self portrait of Kʻang Hsi by Kangxi( Book )

62 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Emperor K'ang-hsi, who speaks through these pages, was one of the greatest rulers in all of China's three-thousand year history, a man easily as powerful and significant as his two contemporaries Peter the Great and Louis XIV. His long reign spanned more than sixty years, from 1661 to 1722, and when he died he left a flourishing and stable kingdom more vast than any other on earth. Yet the man himself has remained unknown: like all the emperors of China, K'ang-hsi lived out his days sealed behind screens of protocol - remote, exalted, his true nature an enigma . . . Emperor of China is the inspired outgrowth of Spence's close reading of the rich stores of documents that K'ang-hsi left behind him: letters, edicts, commands, pardons, poems. Drawing from this mass only those piercingly alive fragments that bear the unmistakable stamp of K'ang-hsi's character and personality, Spence weaves them together into a brooding narrative that reads almost like a novel. -- Book jacket
God's Chinese son : the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan by Jonathan D Spence( Book )

25 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 1,610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Taiping uprising, led by Hong Xiuquan, was a massive millennial movement that, in its violent rise and fall between 1845 and 1864, cost at least twenty million Chinese their lives. In the course of this struggle the Taiping succeeded in overturning the authority of the ruling Qing dynasty throughout a massive territory in southern China. This the Taiping ruled as their Heavenly Kingdom from their seat in Nanjing for eleven years, until they were overcome in an apocalypse wrought by Qing and Western forces, the Book of Revelation become history
The death of woman Wang by Jonathan D Spence( Book )

54 editions published between 1976 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Award-winning author Jonathan D. Spence paints a vivid picture of an obscure place and time: provincial China in the seventeenth century. Life in the northeastern county of T'an-ch'eng emerges here as an endless cycle of floods, plagues, crop failures, banditry, and heavy taxation. Against this turbulent background a tenacious tax collector, an irascible farmer, and an unhappy wife act out a poignant drama at whose climax the wife, having run away from her husband, returns to him, only to die at his hands. Magnificently evoking the China of long ago, The Death of Woman Wang also deepens our understanding of the China we know today
The Chan's great continent : China in western minds by Jonathan D Spence( Book )

37 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and French and held by 1,586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jonathan Spence, our foremost historian of Chinese politics and culture, tells us in his new book how the West has understood China over seven centuries. Ranging from Marco Polo's own depiction of China and the mighty Khan, Kublai, in the 1270s to the China sightings of three twentieth-century writers of acknowledged genius - Kafka, Borges, and Calvino - Spence explores Western thought on China through a remarkable array of expression." "Peopling Spence's account are Iberian adventurers, the great Jesuit missionaries, Enlightenment synthesizers including Voltaire and Montesquieu, spinners of the dreamy cult of Chinoiserie, American observers such as Bret Harte, Mark Twain, Ezra Pound, and Eugene O'Neill, and diplomats from Britain's Lord Macartney to Henry Kissinger. Their visions are alternately coarse and subtle, generous and vicious, sober and exotic. Taken together they tell us as much about the self-image of the West as about China."--Jacket
The Taiping vision of a Christian China, 1836-1864 by Jonathan D Spence( )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encapsulating the themes of his 1996 book, God's Chinese Son, Jonathan Spence, in this Edmondson Historical Lecture, interprets the social and political milieu of mid-nineteenth-century China that gave rise to the apocalyptic Taiping Rebellion. Here Spence traces the events surrounding the life of Hong Xiuquan, the self-styled heavenly king who had learned through his encounter with Christian religious texts that he was not only a religious leader, but also "the younger brother of Jesus". Hong's rise to power in southern China eventually led to his military seizure of one of China's largest cities, Nanjing, where he established his heavenly capital on earth for eleven years. Included in this study is the author's analysis of Hong's intellectual development. Spence gives special attention to Hong's introduction to Christian texts and his eventual use of Christian scripture to interpret his role as "God's Chinese Son". Spence poignantly articulates how Hong interpreted Scripture not only to maintain his spiritual and political leadership over his followers, but also to anticipate the apocalyptic conclusion to his earthly kingdom. -- Provided by publisher
To change China : Western advisers in China, 1620-1960 by Jonathan D Spence( Book )

34 editions published between 1960 and 2002 in English and Japanese and held by 1,292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografiske skildringer af 16 vestlige rådgivere i Kina
The Chinese century : a photographic history of the last hundred years by Jonathan D Spence( Book )

47 editions published between 1996 and 2020 in 10 languages and held by 1,160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of China in photographs, including "rare photos of the Boxer Rebellion and the Rape of Nanking, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution."--Jacket
Treason by the book by Jonathan D Spence( Book )

29 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores a famous 1728 plot to overthrow the Manchu dynasty in a study of the intrigues, political and legal systems, and key personalities of eighteenth-century China
The question of Hu by Jonathan D Spence( Book )

31 editions published between 1988 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Chinese roundabout : essays in history and culture by Jonathan D Spence( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There are in addition generous and insightful assessments of new work in the modern China field as well as moving tributes to the old hands of China scholarship. Readers will find all of the pieces collected here to be inspired by the joy of discovery that Spence brings to all his work."--Jacket
Tsáo Yin and the Káng-hsi Emperor; bondservant and master by Jonathan D Spence( Book )

30 editions published between 1966 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Foragers, farmers, and fossil fuels : how human values evolve by Ian Morris( Book )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most people in the world today think democracy and gender equality are good, and that violence and wealth inequality are bad. But most people who lived during the 10,000 years before the nineteenth century thought just the opposite. Drawing on archaeology, anthropology, biology, and history, Ian Morris, author of the best-selling Why the West Rules--for Now, explains why. The result is a compelling new argument about the evolution of human values, one that has far-reaching implications for how we understand the past--and for what might happen next. Fundamental long-term changes in values, Morris argues, are driven by the most basic force of all: energy. Humans have found three main ways to get the energy they need--from foraging, farming, and fossil fuels. Each energy source sets strict limits on what kinds of societies can succeed, and each kind of society rewards specific values. In tiny forager bands, people who value equality but are ready to settle problems violently do better than those who aren't; in large farming societies, people who value hierarchy and are less willing to use violence do best; and in huge fossil-fuel societies, the pendulum has swung back toward equality but even further away from violence. But if our fossil-fuel world favors democratic, open societies, the ongoing revolution in energy capture means that our most cherished values are very likely to turn out--at some point fairly soon--not to be useful any more. Originating as the Tanner Lectures delivered at Princeton University, the book includes challenging responses by novelist Margaret Atwood, philosopher Christine Korsgaard, classicist Richard Seaford, and historian of China Jonathan Spence"--
From Ming to Chʻing : conquest, region, and continuity in seventeenth-century China by Jonathan D Spence( Book )

21 editions published between 1979 and 1994 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Return to Dragon Mountain : memories of a late Ming man by Jonathan D Spence( Book )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the life and legacy of esteemed Ming historian and essayist Zhang Dai, describing the cultural renaissance and Buddhist reform of his early years, the impact of the Manchu invasion of 1644 on his dynasty, and his four-decade career as a writer
The search for modern China : a documentary collection( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is a collection of primary source documents and is a companion to the text: The Search for Modern China, 2nd edition. The documents range from the essential political works to the less standard ones that reflect everyday life, the family, social networks, and cultural life
Imperial China : photographs 1850-1912 by Clark Worswick( Book )

10 editions published in 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The search for modern China
The Gate of Heavenly Peace : the Chinese and their revolution, 1895-1980The memory palace of Matteo RicciMao ZedongEmperor of China; self portrait of Kʻang HsiGod's Chinese son : the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong XiuquanThe death of woman WangThe Chan's great continent : China in western mindsThe Taiping vision of a Christian China, 1836-1864
Alternative Names
@史景迁, 1936-

Jonathan D. Spence 1936-

Jonathan D. Spence amerikansk historiker

Jonathan Spence 1936-

Jonathan Spence Amerikaans historicus

Jonathan Spence amerikansk historikar

Jonathan Spence amerikansk historiker

Jonathan Spence storico e orientalista statunitense

Jonathan Spence US-amerikanischer Sinologe und Professor für Geschichte an der Yale University

shi, jing qian

Shi, Jingqian

Shi, Jingqian 1936-

Shi, Wenan

Shih, Ching-ch`ien

Shih, Ching-ch`ien 1936-

Shih, Ching-chʻien

Shih, Ching-chʿien 1936-

Spence, Jon

Spence, Jonathan.

Spence, Jonathan 1936-

Spence, Jonathan D. 1936-

Spence, Jonathan Dermot

Spence, Jonathan Dermot 1936-

Spens, Zhonatan D. 1936-

Spėns, Žonatan D. 1936-

Sŭp'ensŭ, Chonŏsŏn D. 1936-

Спенс, Джонатан

جوناثان سبينس

사경천 1936-

스징첸 1936-

스펜스, 조나단 1936-

스펜스, 조나단 D. 1936-

스펜스, 조너선 1936-

스펜스, 조너선 D. 1936-

조나단 디 스펜스 1936-

조나단 스펜스 1936-

조너선 디 스펜스 1936-

조너선 스펜스 1936-

シ, ケイセン


スペンス, J. D.

スペンス, ジョナサン

スペンス, ジョナサン・D.

史, 景遷

史, 景迁 1936-


史景遷 1936-

史景迁 美国历史学家

史景遷 英國歷史學家

斯彭斯, 乔纳森