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International Relations of the Chinese Empire: Diplomacy, Trade and Administration in Imperial China

Morse, Hosea Ballou

978 1 78453 133 1
Multiple copy pack
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650.00 USD
450.00 GBP

Publication date:
30 January 2021

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Essential reading for an understanding of economic and political relations between China and the West in the nineteenth century.

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The five volumes that make up this set offer an unparalleled account of trade and economic life in China. Trade and Administration of China and The Gilds of China provide a first-hand analysis of the workings of the Chinese economy. Coverage includes the central and provincial government of the Qing Empire, the fiscal position of the Chinese state, international trade, the position of foreigners in China's economy, opium imports, the Inspectorate of Customs, the railways, and an examination of the guild system that underpinned the organization of commerce in China. The three volumes of International Relations of the Chinese Empire analyse the history of China's relations with the West in the nineteenth century. Key issues include the increase in foreign control over China and the attempts of the Chinese government to respond, the rise of Japan in Asia, and the final demise of the Qing Empire. With a new introduction by leading contemporary scholar Professor Michael Dillon, the set forms essential reading for anyone seeking to understand economic and political relations between China and the West in the nineteenth century.

Table of contents: 

CONTENTSVolume 1: The International Relations of the Chinese Empire - The Period of Conflict 1834-1860Maps and Illustrations Chronology Note on Currency Weights and Measures1. The Government of China 2. Taxation in China 3. Early Foreign Relations 4. The Canton Factories and the Co-hong 5. The Question of Jurisdiction 6. Lord Napier and the Assertion of Equality 7. The Quiescent Policy 8. The Opium Question 9. Commissioner Lin and his Crusade 10. War and Negotiation 11. The First Treaty Settlement 12. International Readjustment 13. Treaty Ports 14. Chinese Hostility and the Right of Entry to the City of Canton 15. Piracy, Convoying and Sailing-Letters. Treaty Revision 16. The Lorcha Arrow 17. The Taiping Rebellion - its Rise 18. Shanghai in the Rebellion 19. Russia and China 20. France, America and England 21. Lord Elgin and Baron Gros at Canton 22. The Treaty Negotiations 1858 23. Opium 1842-1858 24. The Second Treaty Settlement 25. The Rupture at Taku 26. The Final Adjustment 1860 Appendices BibliographyIndex Volume 2: The International Relations of the Chinese Empire The Period of Submission 1861-1893 Illustrations and Maps Chronology1. Inspectors of Customs at Shanghai 2. The Inspectorate General of Customs 3. The Coup d'Etat 4. The Taiping Rebellion: Ward 5. The Taiping Rebellion: Gordon 6. The Co-operative Policy: The Shanghai Municipality 7. Definition of Customs Authority 8. Emigration 9. The Burlingame Mission 10. Treaty Revision 1869 11. Chinese Hostility to Missionaries 12. The Tientsin Massacre 13. Majority, audience and the Death of Tungchih 14. Chefoo Convention 1876 15. Sundry Events 1875-1883 16. Russia and Ili 17. France and Tongking 18. Hongkong and Macao 19. Years of Peace 1886-1894 and the Development of TradeAppendices A-GVolume 3: The International Relations of the Chinese Empire The period of Subjection 1894-1911 1. Korea, China and Japan 2. The War with Japan 3. Postal Development 4. Railway Development 5. The Impending Break-up of China 6. The Hundred Days of Reform 7. The Genesis of the Boxer Movement 8. The Breaking of the Storm 9. Peking and Tientsin 10. The Relief of the Peking Legations 11. Divergent Aims of the Powers 12. The Diplomatic Settlement 13. The Commercial Settlement 14. The Customs in the Settlement 15. The Downfall of the Empire Appendices A-H Bibliography IndexVolume 4: The Trade and Administration of ChinaSketch of Chinese History 2. The Government: Imperial China 3. The Government: Republican China 4. Revenue and Expenditure 5. The Currency 6. Weights and Measures 7. Extraterritoriality 8. The Provinces and the Treaty Ports 9. Foreign Trade 10. Internal Trade 11. Opium 12. The Inspectorate of Customs 13. The Post Office 14. RailwaysAppendicesIndex


H.B. Morse (1855-1934) spent thirty-five years in China working for the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, attaining the status of full Commissioner and then Statistical Secretary, the latter post offering a prestigious position in the department responsible for the compilation of materials on customs duties, commerce and associated diplomatic relationships. He held posts in different parts of China, including Shanghai, the centre of western commercial and political influence in China. He was involved in delicate diplomatic negotiations in the Sino-Japanese war, representing both the Qing government and the British in negotiations with the Japanese. He declined an offer from the US President to become US Minister to China but continued to assist the Chinese government, travelling as adviser to the Chinese Delegation to the Economics and Financial Conference of the League of Nations. At the time of his death he was regarded as the major historian of modern China and his work both influenced the following generation of scholars and laid the foundations for China scholarship in the United States.Introduction by Professor Michael Dillon, Founding Director of the Centre for International Chinese Studies, University of Durham, and Visiting Professor, Tsinghua Univiersity, Beijing. Professor Dillon is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the author of China: A Modern History (I.B.Tauris).




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