Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The Scramble for China
Interesting talk at Bookworm this evening, by Robert Bickers, a Professor of History at Bristol University, on foreign intervention (negative) and interaction (positive) in China from 1842-1914. The start date was the First Opium War / Treaty of Nanking, the end date being the collapse of the Qing Dynasty / start of the First World War. Another book to buy... Curious fact: there were over 11,000 westerners working for the Chinese Customs authorities in the late 19th century.