John King Fairbank, 84, the Harvard history professor who...

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September 16, 1991

John King Fairbank, 84, the Harvard history professor who was widely credited with creating the field of modern Chinese studies in the United States and was a leading advocate of diplomatic recognition of the People's Republic of China, died of a heart attack Saturday in Cambridge, Mass. A towering figure in the field of Chinese studies, Mr. Fairbank left an indelible mark on scholarship and policy. He wrote and edited more than two dozen books, and had just completed his latest, "China: A New History."

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