Recent Events and Present Policies in China

Recent Events and Present Policies in China

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Recent Events and Present Policies in China

Recent Events and Present Policies in China

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If it were possible, by means of some international agency or Carnegie Court, to take out Life Insurance policies for nations, and if these national applicants were required to supply precise information regarding their ancestry, the evolution of their social state, their transmitted tendencies and acquired habits, China would doubtless be passed as a "good life" because of her long tested vitality, but the premium on her policy would be a high one, by reason of her increasing tendency to dangerous forms of excess and to certain symptoms of organic disturbance. Under the actual conditions of the problem, a social scientist, called in to advise on China's case, could only rely upon general surmisings, uninformed by accurate data concerning the nation's early history and processes of development; for the Chinese, like the Hindoos, have ever been peculiarly lacking in historic consciousness. The annals and records of successive dynasties provide little or no material for critical or scientific study of the evolution of the nation's laws, institutions and culture. The store-room of the Chinese race's past is a dark lumber place, full of musty relics, ancient myths and ghostly whisperings; we search it in vain for the cradle, the childhood's toys, the school books and discarded garments of former days. And since it is only within the last century that this primordial elder brother of the human race has been brought to speaking terms with . . .

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