Jonathan D. Spence

Jonathan D. Spence is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, where he has taught for thirty years. He has been awarded MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. The Search for Modern China won the Lionel Gelber Award and the Kiriyama Book Prize.

Books by Jonathan D. Spence

  1. Book CoverThe Chan's Great Continent: China in Western Minds


    "Like everything else written by Jonathan Spence, The Chan's Great Continent is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in China. Spence is one of the greatest Sinologists of our time, and his work is both authoritative and highly readable." —Los Angeles Times Book ReviewMore

  2. Book CoverChinese Roundabout: Essays in History and Culture


    “If one has the art, then a piece of celery or salted cabbage can be made into a marvelous delicacy; whereas if one has not the art, not all the greatest delicacies and rarities of land, sea, or sky are of any avail.” —a Beijing cook, nineteenth century from Chinese RoundaboutMore

  3. Book CoverGod's Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan


    "A magnificent tapestry . . . a story that reaches beyond China into our world and time: a story of faith, hope, passion, and a fatal grandiosity."--Washington Post Book WorldMore

  4. Book CoverThe Search for Modern China

    Third Edition

    The leading textbook by the leading scholar.More

  5. Book CoverThe Search for Modern China


    "A remarkable achievement...vivid...fluent, graceful.... A publishing event."—Boston GlobeMore