This book examines the impact of Western ideas and Christianity on the development of Sun Yat-sen's political thought and revolutionary activities. Regrettably Sun was not able to create a democratic Western type of government in unified China, something for which he struggled throughout all his life. This book is concerned about the political activities and developing process of the thought of Sun Yat-sen, which took place during the course of his entire revolutionary career, from his first armed revolt in Canton (Guangzhou) in 1895 to his untimely death in 1925, and which continued to his recent revival as a national leader in the late 1980s in the wake of the death of Mao Zedong in 1976. Special attention is given to the development of Sun Yat-sen's political actions and thought to understand the process of shaping and/or implementing his actions and thought in the course of his long political career. In plowing through the entire life of Sun Yat-sen, one can easily come across Sun's encounters and contacts with many reforminded Western Christians, both clergy and laity, and like-minded Chinese counterparts.
Most of his collaborators and followers were laymen educated at mission schools in China and abroad.