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Featuring a range of English-language primary sources relating to China and the West, 1793-1980, China: Trade, Politics & Culture is designed to give insight into the changes wrought upon China during this period.
With manuscripts encompassing events from the earliest English embassy to the birth and early years of the People’s Republic, key documents relating to the Chinese Maritime Customs service and original reports of the Amherst and Macartney embassies. Correspondence relating to the first Opium War, survivors’ descriptions of the Boxer War and diaries and personal photographs of the Bowra family offer glimpses of real life in China. There are also significant sources describing the lives and work of missionaries in China from 1869-1970, including extensive and fully searchable runs of missionary periodicals.