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The Stubborn Earth: American Agriculturalists On Chinese Soil, 1898-1937
by Randall E. Stross
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Robert W. Barnett, Journal of Asian Studies
"Immensely readable and richly rewarding. . . . This is a book of charm and narrative force."
Adrian A. Bennett, Journal of American History
"This book examines approximately a dozen case histories of American and American-trained Chinese individuals who attempted to bring change to China. Although the changes discussed focus on agriculture, the lessons are much broader. . . . The case histories document both America's penchant for emphasizing technology as the means for solving problems and the shortsightedness of such an emphasis."
Dana G. Dalrymple, Agricultural History
"This is an extraordinary book about some exceptional people and events during a tumultuous period in Chinese history. It is both highly informative and a marvelous read."
"Stross applies substantial amounts of primary material and lets the participants help describe the implausibility and hubris of proceeding as technical missionaries tripping over local culture and politics. It is an important contribution to the intellectual history of development practice."
This is a study of the first major American effort to aid a developing country--China--in the early twentieth century. Anyone interested in U.S.-China relations and in the American presence abroad will find it provocative and frequently moving.
About the Author
Randall E. Stross teaches in the School of Business, San Jose State University.
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