The Development of China

The Development of China

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The Development of China

The Development of China

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The eyes of the world are more and more turned toward China. We are coming to be profoundly interested in the fate of that greatest of Asiatic peoples. And it is well that we are. No other existing nation can look back over as long a past of continuous development as can China. When the foundations of Greece and Rome were being laid and when the great Hebrew prophets were in the midst of their ministry, a nation was being shaped and a civilization formed which have come down through the centuries with a comparatively unbroken history. There have been changes, but none of them as violent as those which have shaken the West during the same period. Only two other cultural groups -- that in India and that in the Mediterranean Basin -- have had as dominant an influence over as large a section of mankind. For Chinese culture has not only spread gradually over what is now China proper, with its three or four hundred million inhabitants, but it furnished the model for the old Japan, and has been to the widely scattered . . .

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