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Peter Hessler: Teacher, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Travel Writer, Master Storyteller (2013)


In the first decade of the present century, Peter Hessler published three acclaimed works on China, mostly (although not exclusively) dealing with the present period. Many of the parts of the second and third volumes, in particular, initially appeared as articles in the New Yorker and National Geographic, where the deftness of Hessler's writing and his superb skills as a storyteller attracted attention well beyond the academic world. Hessler's books have also been widely and generously praised---and used in class---by teachers of contemporary China. Yet, to my knowledge, no China specialist has yet attempted a comprehensive assessment of their contribution to the deepening of American understanding of the complexities of Chinese life today. Such an assessment is the modest aim of this essay.

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Proctor, Robert N.
Sommer, Marianne
Babes, Mircea
Kaeser, Marc-Antoine
Thakur, Amrendra Kumar
Challis, Debbie
Indian Journal of History of Science
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Sollas, William
Buckland, William
Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
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International Archaeological Congresses (1866-2006)
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