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Professor Jonathan Spence

Professor Jonathan Spence

Professor Jonathan Spence is one of the world's leading authorities on Chinese history.

Professor Spence was named a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George and in 2006 a Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge.

He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1985 and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1988, the same year he was appointed to the Council of Scholars at the Library of Congress. In 1993 he was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society and in 1997 was named a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.

His books include The Death of Woman Wang (1978); The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci (1984); The Question of Hu (1987); Chinese Roundabout: Essays on History and Culture; The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution 1895-1980; The Chan's Great Continent: China in Western Minds; and God's Chinese Son (1994).



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