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The Question of Hu

The Question of Hu by Jonathan D. Spence
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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 tw ocultures, with their different definitions of faith, madness, and moral obligation.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; May 2011
208 pages; ISBN 9780307793812
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Title: The Question of Hu
Author: Jonathan D. Spence