The Stubborn Earth: American Agriculturalists on Chinese Soil, 1898-1937

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Uses diary selections and letters to document the experiences of American agricultural specialists in China, and describes the social, political, and cultural conditions which affected their mission

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Randall E. Stross teaches in the School of Business, San Jose State University.

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"Immensely readable and richly rewarding. . . . This is a book of charm and narrative force." -- Robert W. Barnett, Journal of Asian Studies

"Stross applies substantial amounts of primary material and lets the participants help describe the implausibility and hubris of proceeding as technical missionaries tripping over local culture and politics. It is an important contribution to the intellectual history of development practice." -- World Development

"This book examines approximately a dozen case histories of American and American-trained Chinese individuals who attempted to bring change to China. Although the changes discussed focus on agriculture, the lessons are much broader. . . . The case histories document both America's penchant for emphasizing technology as the means for solving problems and the shortsightedness of such an emphasis." -- Adrian A. Bennett, Journal of American History

"This is an extraordinary book about some exceptional people and events during a tumultuous period in Chinese history. It is both highly informative and a marvelous read." -- Dana G. Dalrymple, Agricultural History

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