Opening China: Karl F. A. Gutzlaff and Sino-western Relations, 1827-1852 Jessie Gregory Lutz

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Opening China: Karl F. A. Gutzlaff and Sino-western Relations, 1827-1852 by Jessie Gregory Lutz
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(Studies in the History of Christian Missions- R. E. Frykenberg and Brian Stanley, series editors)Western evangelists have long been fascinated by China, a vast mission field with a unique language and culture. One of the most intrigued was also oneMore(Studies in the History of Christian Missions- R. E. Frykenberg and Brian Stanley, series editors)Western evangelists have long been fascinated by China, a vast mission field with a unique language and culture. One of the most intrigued was also one of the most intriguing: Karl F.

A. Gutzlaff (1803-1851). In this erudite study Jessie Gregory Lutz chronicles Gutzlaffs life from his youth in Germany to his conversion and subsequent turn to missions to his turbulent time in Asia. Lutz also includes a substantial bibliography consisting of (1) archival sources, (2) selected books, pamphlets, tracts, and translations by Gutzlaff, and (3) books, periodicals, and articles.

This is truly an important reference for any student of the history of China or missions.In this fine book, a worthy addition to a distinguished series, Jessie Lutz gives us the most insightful portrait yet of the enigmatic Karl Gutzlaff -- genius, entrepreneur, salesman, charlatan, and missionary extraordinaire -- who with his indefatigable energy participated in every issue that arose during his twenty years in China.

As a bonus, Lutz weaves the remarkable personal story of Gutzlaff together with very astute discussion and analysis of many aspects of early Sino-Western relations between 1830 and 1860: trade and opium, China and the Wests limited knowledge of each other, early Bible translations and the importance of language skills, foreign links with Chinese society, and dynamics of the foreign community itself.

Opening China contains the accumulated wisdom of one of our very best and most respected China scholars. (Back cover)



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