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Christianity in Modern China

China’s Last Jesuit

Charles J. McCarthy and the End of the Mission in Catholic Shanghai

Authors: CLARK, Amanda

  • Confronts the turbulence of mid-twentieth century life in China through the witness of American missionary Charles McCarthy
  • Follows the missionary ventures of Charles McCarthy in China and the Philipines as he fought for Christinaity and equal citizenship rights for Chinese
  • Provides a unique perspective on Maoist China through previously un-consulted letters from McCarthy to family and friends
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This pivot chronicles the life of Charles McCarthy, a San Francisco native and Jesuit missionary to China, and tells the unique and compelling story of a young man who experienced confinement under the Japanese occupation, followed shortly by imprisonment by the Chinese Communists in the 1950’s. Through a study of McCarthy’s unique epistolary exchanges, it considers the intellectual life of a Catholic missionary, his ongoing fight for equal citizenship rights, illustrating how American Catholic missionaries in Maoist-era Shanghai navigated the social tensions of a nation-state in turbulent transition. This narrative explores Jesuit strategies of resistance and persistence in an era of oppression, and ideological and religious conflict as those sent to fill the missionary spots left by European men lost in the World Wars were caught up in China’s mid-century political upheavals.

About the authors

Amanda C. R. Clark, PhD, is the Director of the Library and Associate Dean of Special Programs at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. She has co-authored with her father, Leland M. Roth, Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, and Meaning (2013) and American Architecture: A History (2016).

Reviews

“This book provides a remarkable account of one of China’s last Jesuits officially there as a missionary. Clark’s study of Charles McCarthy’s fascinating life relies upon an extensive number of Jesuit archives, and unique access to the documents and photographs from the McCarthy family’s private collection. China’s Last Jesuit delivers a refreshing example of rigorous scholarship and accessible prose, and shall be of value to anyone interested in the Society of Jesus’ enduring encounter with China.” (Michael Maher, SJ, Associate Professor of History & Director Catholic Studies, Gonzaga University and Author of: Jesuit Formation and Its Influence on the Methods of Matteo Ricci, in A Voluntary Exile: Chinese Christianity and Cultural Confluence since 1552)

“China’s Last Jesuit by Amanda Clark’s is a lovingly crafted biography of a great and unsung hero of the Church in Maoist China. In a work that draws almost entirely on the personal correspondence of its subject, Fr. Charles J. McCarthy, S.J. (1911-91), Clark provides us with an in-depth portrait of a missionary priest whose career spanned the critical decades of the mid-twentieth century, and served as a living record of its violent and perverse upheavals.” (Eric Cunningham, Professor of History, Gonzaga University and Author of: Zen Past and Present (2011) and Hallucinating the End of History (2007))

“Dr. Amanda C. R. Clark should be praised for having written this insightful, often moving, account of the ministry of Father Charles McCarthy (1911–1991), the last American Jesuit to be released from Maoist prison and expelled from China in 1957. By tracing Father McCarthy’s journey from boyhood on to becoming a missionary in Shanghai and later in Manila, Dr. Clark adds a personal voice to the trans-Pacific links of Chinese Catholicism. Her masterly narrative throws light on the major revolutionary events that had shaped the Chinese Church in an era of great upheaval.” (Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, Professor of History, Pace University, New York, US and Author of: The Bible and the Gun: Christianity in South China, 1860-1900 (2014))

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The Young Jesuit

    Clark, Amanda C. R.

    Pages 1-19

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  • China During an Era of Change

    Clark, Amanda C. R.

    Pages 21-49

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  • Return to Shanghai

    Clark, Amanda C. R.

    Pages 51-76

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  • The Prison Years

    Clark, Amanda C. R.

    Pages 77-96

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  • The Philippines, a Change in Course, and the Last Years

    Clark, Amanda C. R.

    Pages 97-113

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eBook 41,64 €
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-5023-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
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Hardcover 51,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-5022-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
China’s Last Jesuit
Book Subtitle
Charles J. McCarthy and the End of the Mission in Catholic Shanghai
Authors
Series Title
Christianity in Modern China
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-5023-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-5023-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-5022-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 122
Number of Illustrations and Tables
20 b/w illustrations
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