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Britain in China : Studies in Imperialism (Paperback) - Robert Bickers

Britain in China

Studies in Imperialism (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 15th July 1999
ISBN: 9780719056970
Number Of Pages: 276

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Using archival materials newly available in China and records in Britain and the US, Robert Bickers paints a detailed portrait of the traders, missionaries, businessmen, diplomats and settlers who constituted "Britain-in-China." Bickers argues that the British presence in China was dominated by urban settlers whose primary allegiance lay not with any grand imperial design but with their own communities and precarious livelihoods. This brought them into growing conflict with the Chinese population and the British imperial government. Bickers goes on to examine how the British state and its allies brought an end to the reign of freelance, settler imperialism on the China coast. At the same time, other British sectors, missionary and business, renegotiated their own relationship with their Chinese markets and the Chinese state and distanced themselves from the settler British.

List of tablesp. viii
List of illustrationsp. ix
General Introductionp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
China in Britain, and in the British imaginationp. 22
Britons in China: a settler societyp. 67
Dismantling informal empirep. 115
Staying on: the localisation of British activity in Chinap. 170
After colonialismp. 219
Select bibliographyp. 248
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780719056970
ISBN-10: 0719056977
Series: Studies in Imperialism (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 15th July 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.34 x 15.7  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.5