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Author Garner, Karen, 1956-

Title Precious fire : Maud Russell and the Chinese Revolution / Karen Garner
Published Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2003]
©2003

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Description xvii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Ch. 1. 1893-1917: A Child of the Progressive Era -- Ch. 2. 1917-1920: A Christian Socialist Confronts Chinese Nationalism -- Ch. 3. 1920-1924: "Woman's Work for Woman" in China -- Ch. 4. 1925-1927: In the Midst of Nationalist Revolution -- Ch. 5. 1928-1930: The Guomindang Reaction -- Ch. 6. 1930-1932: The Turning Point -- Ch. 7. 1933-1936: Nationalist Activism in the Chinese YWCA -- Ch. 8. 1937-1943: Serving the Second United Front -- Ch. 9. 1944-1952: Working for a Democratic Far Eastern Policy -- Ch. 10. 1952-1989: Promoting Radical Policy Alternatives
Summary "When Maud Russell (1893-1989) first sailed for China in 1917, she traveled as one of a number of "foreign secretaries" dispatched by the YWCA to do "Woman's Work for Woman." A product of the Progressive Era, she sought to bring the benefits of Christianity and Western civilization to a new generation of Chinese women struggling to find their own path to modernity in the wake of the 1911 Republican Revolution. Instead, over the next twenty-six years, Russell was herself transformed - from Christian liberal reformer to committed Marxist revolutionary."
"Although Russell's own political vision may have narrowed over the years, Garner's reconstruction of her life broadens our understanding of U.S.-China relations during the twentieth century. Not only did Russell come to see her own country through the eyes of an ideological antagonist, she also brought to that vantage point the experiences of a modern American woman. As Garner shows, even if one did not agree with Russell's views, one could not deny the fervor of her commitment to gender equality, social justice, and internationalism."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-286) and index
Subject Russell, Maud, 1893-1989.
Zhonghua Jidu jiao nü qing nian hui -- History.
Americans -- China -- Biography.
Feminists -- United States -- Biography.
Women communists -- United States -- Biography.
Women social reformers -- China -- Biography.
China -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biographies.
LC no. 2002155565
ISBN 1558494049 alkaline paper