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Authored by Hu Shih, Chinese philosopher, historian and diplomat
Brings together his English essays, speeches and academic papers, as well as book reviews, all written between 1919 and 1962
Allows readers to trace the development of Chinese thought and see the historical methodology applied therein
Hu Shih (1891-1962), Chinese philosopher, historian and diplomat. In the 1910s, Hu studied at Cornell University and later Columbia University, both in the United States. At Columbia, he was greatly influenced by his professor, John Dewey, and became a lifelong advocate of pragmatic evolutionary change. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1917 and returned to lecture at Peking University. Hu soon became one of the leading and most influential intellectuals during the May Fourth Movement and later the New Culture Movement. His most widely recognized achievement during this period was as a key contributor to Chinese liberalism and language reform in his advocacy for the use of written vernacular Chinese. Hu Shih was the Republic of China’s Ambassador to the United States of America (1938–1942) and later Chancellor of Peking University (1946–1948). In 1939 Hu Shih was nominated for a Nobel Prize in literature and in 1958 became president of the “Academia Sinica” in Taiwan, where he remained until his death in Nangang at the age of 71.
This diverse collection brings together his English essays, speeches and academic papers, as well as book reviews, all written between 1919 and 1962. English Writings of Hu Shih represents his thinking and insights on such topics as scientific methodology, liberalism and democracy, and social problems. It can also serve as a helpful resource for those who study Hu Shih and his views on ancient and modern China.
A Republic for China.- Analysis of the Monarchical Restoration in China.- Is There a Substitute for Force in International Relations?.- Manufacturing the Will of the People.- Reconstruction in China.-The Pacific Changes Color.- The Changing Balance of Forces in the Pacific.- China’s Chances of Survival.- The Issues Behind the Far Eastern Conflict.- The Westernization of China and Japan.- To Have Not and Want to Have.- What Can America Do in the Far East Situation.- Japan’s War in China.- National Crisis and Student Life.- The Far Eastern Situation.- An Open Letter to the Guardian.- The Meaning of October Tenth.- The Present Situation in China.- We Are Still Fighting.- The Modernization of China and Japan.- A New World Order Cometh!.- China’s Power of Resistance.- Our Honorable Enemy.- Factors Necessary for a Durable Peace in the Pacific Area: A Chinese View.-Speech Before the Economic Club of New York.- China’s Fighting Strength and Fighting Faith.- Peace Has to Be Enforced.- China, Too, Is Fighting to Defend a Way of Life.- To Win and Keep the Peace.- Asia and the Universal World Order.- Foundations of Friendship Between the Chinese and the Americans.- Maker of Modern China: The Story of Sun Yat-sen