Robert Hart and China's Early Modernization: His Journals, 1863-1866 by Richard J. Smith, John King Fairbank, Katherine Bruner |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Robert Hart and China's Early Modernization: His Journals, 1863-1866

Robert Hart and China's Early Modernization: His Journals, 1863-1866

by Richard J. Smith, John King Fairbank, Katherine Bruner
     
 

As the Ch'ing government's Inspector General of the Maritime Customs Service, Robert Hart was the most influential Westerner in China for half a century. These journal entries continue the sequence begun in Entering China's Service and cover the years when Hart was setting up Customs procedures, establishing a modus operandi with the Ch'ing bureaucracy, and

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As the Ch'ing government's Inspector General of the Maritime Customs Service, Robert Hart was the most influential Westerner in China for half a century. These journal entries continue the sequence begun in Entering China's Service and cover the years when Hart was setting up Customs procedures, establishing a modus operandi with the Ch'ing bureaucracy, and inspecting the treaty ports. They culminate in Hart's return visit to Europe with the Pin-ch'un Mission and his marriage in Northern Ireland.

Smith, Fairbank and Bruner interleave the segments of Hart's journals with lively narratives describing the contemporary Chinese scene and recounting Hart's responses to the many challenges of establishing a Western-style organization within a Chinese milieu.

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As the Ch'ing government's Inspector General of the Maritime Customs Service, Hart (1835-1911) was the most influential Westerner in China for half a century. These journal entries continue the sequence begun in Entering China's service and culminate in Hart's return visit to Europe with the Pinch'un Mission and his marriage in Northern Ireland. Editors Richard J. Smith, John K. Fairbank, and Katherine F. Bruner interleave the segments of Hart's journals with lively, contextual narratives. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674775305
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1991
Series:
Harvard East Asian Monographs Series, #155
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

John King Fairbank was Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and Director of the East Asian Research Center at Harvard University.

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