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The Story of Men and Women Under Pressure

by Langdon Gilkey
Harper & Row
New York
San Fransisco,

Shantung Compound

When the props of society are taken away, how do people survive?

Langdon Gilkey was a young American teacher at Yenching University near Peking, China, when the Japanese military under wartime pressure rounded up all foreigners into an internment camp. Two and a half years later they were released. Shantung Compound is based on a journal Dr. Gilkey kept during his imprisonment.

The prisoners represented a cross-section of humanity. There were businessmen, professors, missionaries, importers, lawyers, doctors, junkies, prostitutes, little children, the old and infirm. The moral problems arising in this polyglot community were shocking and the responses often surprising.

The camp became a living laboratory, a miniature society that illustrated the human condition and moral dilemmas in a way that would not have been possible had more conventional conditions prevailed. Shantung Compound is "a fascinating memoir that is both a vivid diary of prison life and a theologian's mature reflection on the condition of man in times of stress."-Time Magazine

ISBN 0-06-0631120 Harper & Row, Publishers

SHANTUNG COMPOUND. Copyright © 1966 by Langdon B. Gilkey. Printed in the United States of America. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. For information address Harper & Row, Publishers, Incorporated, 10 East
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First Harper & Row paperback edition published in 1975. ISBN: 0-06-063113-9