John King Fairbank


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John King Fairbank (24 May 1907 – 14 September 1991), was a prominent American academic and historian of China.

Fairbank was born in Huron, South Dakota on 24 May 1907. He was educated at Sioux Falls High School, Phillips Exeter Academy, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Harvard College, and Oxford University (Balliol). In 1929, when he graduated from Harvard summa cum laude, he went... more »

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  • ''The question now is: Can we understand our stupidity? This is a test of intellect, not of character.''
    John King Fairbank (1907-1991), U.S. historian, educator. Quoted in Observer (London, May 4, 1975).
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