Anglo-Chinese Encounters since 1800: War, Trade, Science and Governance (Paperback)
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Anglo-Chinese Encounters since 1800: War, Trade, Science and Governance (Paperback)

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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 had to place 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 2003 book, based on lectures linking China and the Chinese with imperial Britain, examines the possibilities in, as well as the limits of, 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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521534130
Number of pages: 212
Weight: 278 g
Dimensions: 218 x 140 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Wang is one of East Asia's most distinguished academics, and his book is based on a series of lectures he gave at Cambridge in the year 2000; the fluidity of prose reflects the text's oral origins, making the book a delight to read ... Another strength lies in the book's comparison of Anglo-American influences (Wang considers America to be the inheritor of Britain's imperial mantle) with those of Japan, Portugal and other countries that interacted with China in the imperial and immediate post-imperial periods. Asian Review of Books
'Wang's concise but wide-ranging provides new insights into the ... many layered interplay between two cultures. He synthesizes vast quantities of material, and even his casual asides will doubtless generate numerous books, doctoral dissertations, and articles by others. Countless students will assuredly be instructed to read this study, while the general reader will find it to be a splendid overview of the convoluted highways and byways of the Anglo-Chinese encounter. The Journal of Asian Studies
' ... a very enjoyable read ... good introductory text ... challenges Chinese historians to pry open the history of imperial exploitation in China and rethinks how the presence of these foreign actors allows certain fractions of the Chinese societies within and outside China proper to consolidate and reshape their identities.' Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
"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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