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Anglo-Chinese Encounters since 1800: War, Trade, Science and Governance / Edition 1

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Overview

Chinese encounters with the British were more than merely those between two great powers. There was the larger canvas of the Empire and Commonwealth where the two peoples traded and interacted. In China, officials and merchants placed the British beside other enterprising foreign peoples who were equally intent on influencing developments there. There were also Chinese who encountered the British in personal ways, and individual British who ventured into a "vast unknown" with its deep history. Wang Gungwu's book, based on lectures linking China and the Chinese with imperial Britain, examines the possibilities, as well as the limitations, attached to their encounters. It takes the story beyond the cliches of opium, fighting, and the diplomatic skills needed to fend off rivals and enemies, and probes some areas of more intimate encounters, not least the beginnings of a wider English-speaking future between the two countries.
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"Anglo-Chinese Encounters is the beautifully written reflections by a noted East Asian scholar at the peak of his career. Hopefully, it will be read widely by those interested in China and its relationship to the West." History

"...this book represents a breath of fresh air in the way it addresses the dynamics of Anglo-Chinese encounters since 1800. Full of insightful details, highly readable, and convincingly argued, it is destined to be essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Sino-Western interactions." China Review International, joseph Tse-Hei Lee, Pace University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521534130
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Wang Gungwu is Professor and Director, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 "To fight" 13
3 "To trade" 43
4 "To convert" 75
5 "To rule" 107
6 Beyond Waley's list 137
Notes 151
Index 193
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