Strangers At The Gate

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Overview

Now available again, this pioneering work examines one of the most controversial periods in Chinese history: the relationship between the Chinese civil and military authorities and the British trading community in Guangdong province on the eve of the Taiping Rebellion, one the most calamitous events in Chinese history. Wakeman shows how prevailing rural discontent, urban riots, secret society activity, and the imbalance of class and clan affected the mechanisms of regional power and gentry control, demonstrating the progression of rebellion and the historical inevitability of revolution.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520212398
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/30/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederic Wakeman Jr. is Haas Professor of Asian Studies and Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of numerous books on China including The Great Enterprise: The Manchu Reconstruction of Imperial Order in Seventeenth-Century China (California, 1985), and Policing Shanghai, 1927-1937 (California, 1994, also available in paperback).

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Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures, and Tables
Introduction
Pt. 1 San-yuan-li: The Politics of Patriotism 1839-1841
I The San-yuan-li Incident
II The Militia of Kwangtung
III The Gentry and San-yuan-li
IV Traitor in Our Midst
V We and They
Pt. 2 Strangers at the Gate: The Politics of Resistance 1842-1849
VI Righteous or Rebellious?
VII The Entry Dilemma
VIII Huang-chu-ch'i: Time Runs Out
IX The Victory of 1849
Pt. 3 Rebellion and Reaction: The Politics of Localism 1850-1856
X Class and Clan
XI The Secret Societies of South China
XII Kwangtung and the Taiping Rebellion
XIII The Circle Tightens
XIV The Red Turban Revolt
XV The Purge
Pt. 4 Canton Conquered: The Politics of Collaboration 1857-1861
XVI The Capture of the City
XVII The Kwangtung Militia Bureau
XVIII The Resistance Movement
XIX Departure
Appendixes
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Glossary
Index
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