• Death Throes of a Dynasty: Letters and Diaries of Charles and Bessie Ewing, Missionaries to China

    Death Throes of a Dynasty: Letters and Diaries of Charles and Bessie Ewing, Missionaries to China (Hardback) By (author) Charles Ewing, By (author) Bessie Ewing, Volume editor E.C. Ruoff

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    DescriptionThe letters of Charles and Bessie Ewing provide eyewitness accounts of the social upheaval and warfare that shook turn-of-the century China. In addition to discussing their missionary activities in the villages of North China and their struggle to master the Chinese Mandarin dialect, the Ewings describe the impact of Western culture upon the social structure of Imperial China as they lived it. Ruoff sets the larger scene about which the Ewings wrote: the Sino-Japanese war, the extra-territorial treaties, the Boxer Uprising, the foreign military interventions, the belated effort to modernize by the Manchu dynasty, the struggle against opium addiction, the student political movement, and the beginning of the Chinese Revolution. We also learn about the last great empress of China, Tzu Hsi, and the last emperor, the child Pu Yi. Through the Ewing correspondence and his own narrative, Ruoff shows the parallel between the attitude toward the Chinese held by the foreign community in the 1890s and the equally restricted outlook the Chinese held of their land and themselves. But just as the views held by the young Congregationalist minister Ewing change during his nearly two decades of service in China, so also the views of the Chinese themselves undergo vast changes. This book is both a history of a period in modern China and the story of an American family living that history.


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    Title
    Death Throes of a Dynasty
    Subtitle
    Letters and Diaries of Charles and Bessie Ewing, Missionaries to China
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charles Ewing, By (author) Bessie Ewing, Volume editor E.C. Ruoff
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 286
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780873384148
    ISBN 10: 0873384148
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    BIC E4L: REL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.7A
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF, HRCX7
    BISAC V2.8: REL045000
    Libri: I-RM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15450
    Ingram Subject Code: RM
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPC
    DC20: 266.00922
    DC22: 266.0095109
    LC classification: BV3427.E89
    Thema V1.0: QRM, NHF, QRVS4, DNBA
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    5 maps, 7 illustrations, glossary, index
    Publisher
    Kent State University Press
    Imprint name
    Kent State University Press
    Publication date
    31 December 1992
    Publication City/Country
    Kent, OH