D. E. Mungello is professor of history emeritus at Baylor University. His books include The Great Encounter of China and the West, 1500–1800, Drowning Girls in China: Female Infanticide since 1650, Western Queers in China: The Fight to the Land of Oz, and The Catholic Invasion of China.
These revisions to the scholarly perspective on the history of Christianity in China are most welcome. The Catholic invasion of Chinaprovides a host of valuable case studies in support of Mungello’s positive, long-term view of Christian mission in China, while also helpfully pointing readers towards the relatively unexplored wealth of Catholic missionary activity in China beyond the early Jesuit mission. Mungello’s prose is clear and his research is well documented. . . Those interested in the Zikawei Jesuits or the struggles of Chinese Catholic priests in mid twentiethcentury Shanghai will find the book of particular value.