Francis Xavier's arrival in Japan in 1549 initiated a radically different approach to the spread of Christianity which was to distinguish the Jesuits from all other Europeans for the next 200 years - he insisted that his missionaries should respect and understand Japanese culture. His work was continued by Alessandro Valignano, both in Japan and China, where Jesuits gained Confucian scholar status as an introduction to their missionary life, and even became key figures in the Chinese civil service. This book recounts the ...

A Vision Betrayed: The Jesuits in Japan and China, 1542-1742 1994, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, Scotland

ISBN-13: 9780748604722