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Cambridge Library Collection - East and South-East Asian History : Memoirs of the Chief Incidents of the Public Life of Sir George Thomas Staunton, Bart., Hon. D.C.L. of Oxford: One of the King's Commissioners to the Court of Pekin, and Afterwards for Some Time Member of Parliament for South Hampshire - Sir George Thomas Staunton

Cambridge Library Collection - East and South-East Asian History

Memoirs of the Chief Incidents of the Public Life of Sir George Thomas Staunton, Bart., Hon. D.C.L. of Oxford: One of the King's Commissioners to the Court of Pekin, and Afterwards for Some Time Member of Parliament for South Hampshire

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Sir George Thomas Staunton (1781 1859), sinologist and politician, was a key figure in early nineteenth-century Anglo-Chinese relations. Staunton secured a post as a writer in the East India Company's factory in Canton in 1798 and was the only Englishman at the factory to study Chinese. He translated China's penal code and was promoted to chief of the Canton factory in 1816. He was a member of Britain's Amherst embassy to Peking in 1816 1817 to protest against mandarins' treatment of Canton merchants. The embassy failed to obtain an imperial interview but, despite being threatened with detention by the Chinese, Staunton insisted that the British should not submit to the emperor. Staunton returned to England in 1817, and served as a Tory MP between 1818 and 1852. Staunton's Memoirs, which were printed privately in 1856, provide a unique insight into nineteenth-century British perceptions of China."

Birth and education; Background to relations with China; First impressions at Canton; Second mission to China; Publication of the Chinese penal code; Return to China; Final visit to China; Relations with China; Opium wars; Parliamentary affairs; Formation of Royal Asiatic Society; Appendix.

ISBN: 9781108014922
ISBN-10: 1108014925
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - East and South-East Asian History
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 10th June 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.32