History of Protestantism in China: The Indigenization of Christianity

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History of Protestantism in China: The Indigenization of Christianity.

By Sumiko Yamamoto. Tokyo: Toho Gakkai (Institute of Eastern Culture), 2000. Pp. xiv, 489. Y6,300 (about $62).

This volume is the culmination of the life work of Professor Yamamoto (1914-1997), perhaps the foremost Japanese authority on the modern history of Protestant Christianity in China. After the Pacific War Yamamoto became one of the pioneers in this field. Her writings were combined into an important Japaneselanguage book, Studies on the History of Christianity in China, published in 1972. Later Yamamoto undertook to revise, expand, and translate this major work into English. She completed the task just before her death. Her husband and fellow historian Tatsuro Yamamoto shepherded the manuscript through to publication.

The present volume should be acquired by libraries. Its coverage of the major Protestant bodies from the early 1900s to the 1930s is very solid and includes extensive quotations from primary sources. There is a comprehensive index with Chinese characters included, which assists in the search for specific actors, and a useful chronology of Protestantism from 1807 to the late 1930s. Finally, the bibliography is meticulously detailed and precise in identifying the libraries or archives where the more ephemeral items cited (e. …