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Rolf Gerhard Tiedemann (8 February 1941 – 1 August 2019), better known as R. G. Tiedemann or Gary Tiedemann, was a German historian of Christianity in China.

R. G. Tiedemann
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Born(1941-02-08)8 February 1941
Died1 August 2019(2019-08-01) (aged 78)
NationalityGerman
OccupationHistorian
Known forChristianity in China
Spouse(s)Liliana
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BiographyEdit

Born in wartime rural Germany, Tiedemann left school as a teenager and traveled for nearly a decade to various countries in the Middle East and South Asia. He settled in with his uncle Nick in Wisconsin, and was later drafted to serve the US army in the Vietnam War. He completed a BA at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, followed by an MA and a PhD at SOAS University of London. After taking several part-time posts, Tiedemann spent twenty years teaching Modern History of China in SOAS's Department of History. After his retirement, he maintained a post as Professorial Research Associate at SOAS and as Professor of Chinese History, Shandong University, Jinan.[1][2]

His research mainly concerned the history of Christianity in China, with a particular focus on Shandong and the Boxer Rebellion. He also edited the second volume of the Handbook of Christianity in China,[3] which totalled over a thousand pages; about half of the entries he wrote himself.[4]

A festschrift was published in honor of Tiedemann, edited by two of his former students, entitled The Church as Safe Haven (2018).[5]

Tiedemann died on 1 August 2019, after suffering from illness for many years.[2]

WorksEdit

  • Tiedemann, R. G. (2009). Reference Guide to Christian Missionary Societies in China: From the 16th to the 20th Century. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe.
  • Bickers, Robert; Tiedemann, R. G., eds. (2007). The Boxers, China and the World. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Tiedemann, R. G., ed. (2010). Handbook of Christianity in China, Vol. Two: 1800-Present. Leiden: Brill.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tiedemann, R. G. (15 April 2017). "Back to origins". R. G. Tiedemann 1941-2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b Tiedemann, Martin (5 August 2019). "Professor R.G. Tiedemann, 1941 – 2019". R. G. Tiedemann 1941-2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  3. ^ Tiedemann, R. G., ed. (2010). Handbook of Christianity in China, Vol. Two: 1800-Present. Leiden: Brill.
  4. ^ Tiedemann, R. G. (18 August 2013). "Bibliography". R. G. Tiedemann 1941-2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  5. ^ Laamann, Lars Peter; Lee, Joseph Tse-Hei, eds. (2018). The Church as Safe Haven: Christian Governance in China. Leiden: Brill.