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Obituary of Jonathan Spence

A welcome guest: Jonathan Spence at a conference in Beijing at the end of 2011

Anyone who studies or was somehow involved with China likely knew him: Jonathan D. Spence. He is considered one of the most renowned sinologists of our time. At least one of his many books can be found on the shelves of anyone interested in China: be it “The Search for Modern China”, “The Gate of Heavenly Peace”, “The Death of Woman Wang” or “God’s Chinese Son”, the biography of Hong Xiuquan (洪秀全), the founder and leader of the Taiping movement that once shook all of China.

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