H.B. Morse, Customs Commissioner and Historian of China
At the time of his death, Morse was considered the major historian of modern China in the English-speaking world, and his works played a profound role in shaping the contours of Western scholarship on China.
Begun as a labor of love by his protégé, John King Fairbank, this lively biography based primarily on Morse's vast collection of personal papers sheds light on many crucial events in modern Chinese history, as well as on the multifaceted Western role in late imperial China, and provides new insights into the beginnings of modern China studies in this country. Half-finished when Fairbank died, the project was completed by his colleagues, Martha Henderson Coolidge and Richard J. Smith.
About the Authors
Martha Henderson Coolidge is associate in research at the Fairbank Center at Harvard University.
Richard J. Smith is professor of history and director of Asian Studies at Rice University.
"With this biography coming as a labor of love and his last work, the reader can almost feel Fairbank closing the circle by once again entering into a dialogue with his old mentor."—Journal of Asian Studies
"Surprisingly pleasant to read."—Royal Asiatic Society
"The last fresh work we will have of John King Fairbank (1907-1991), and it is a fascinating coda to his remarkable career."—American Historical Review
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