"My project is on how Japan and China reacted to various instances of Western imperialism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and how the nuances of those reactions affect modern-day Western relations with those two nations."
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journal); this article may lead you to a monograph on the topic of how Germany and
China interacted in the late 19th Century.
German Imperialism in China: The Leasehold of Kiaochow Bay (1897-1914)
inThe Chinese Historical Review v26 n2 (20190703): 156-174
"I could use some non-American, but Western, sources on dealings with China and Japan. I have State Department documents, but I don't have anything on, for example, how the British government or German government dealt with China and Japan."
West meets East: British perceptions of China through the life and works of Sir George Thomas Staunton, 1781--1859
AuthorsEastberg, Jodi Rhea Bartley(Creator)
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SummaryThis dissertation employs the simple framework of Sir George Thomas Staunton's life to reveal persistent and changing British perceptions of the Chinese between 1781 and 1859. As the first British sinologist, Staunton was an important and influential voice in British political, mercantile, and intellectual circles regarding China. By focusing on Staunton's work both within and outside China, this approach provides a nuanced and complex view of the Anglo-Chinese dynamic with a primary focus on epistemology or the production of knowledge about the China. Furthermore, it avoids producing a history of the period that presupposes an inevitable conflict and instead attempts to understand the evolution of the relationship between these two empires through one of the many agents who shaped it. Staunton's perceptions of the Qing Empire and the Chinese people are representative of a man who was exceptional in his access to and knowledge of China, respected as an expert on China in London, and marked as a person of interest by the Qing court. I emphasize the impact of global, local, and even personal factors in Anglo-Chinese relations and argue that Staunton reflected and shaped changing British perceptions of China. The dissertation also considers why popular perceptions of China contrasted with Staunton's by the end of his life and examines how he was remembered and his legacy. Ultimately, Staunton's perceptions of China were founded in his eighteenth-century education, developed through diplomacy and merchant interests, refined by his translations of Chinese texts and interactions with members of the Cantonese community and Peking court, and impacted British policy toward China.
British Intervention Against the Taiping Rebellion
AuthorsJohn S Gregory
inThe Journal of Asian Studiesv19 n1 (195911): 11-24
SummaryPractically all accounts of British intervention in support of the Manchu rulers of China against the Taiping rebellion present it as a calculated and deliberate change of policy by the British government which followed more or less immediately upon the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin and of the Convention of Peking at the end of 1860. Having forced extensive commercial and diplomatic concessions from the Manchu government by these treaties, so the usual argument runs, the Western powers in China, led by Great Britain, quickly set about helping this just-defeated enemy suppress a domestic rebellion which, in the view of many modern historians, offered a more hopeful and progressive alternative to the Chinese people than did the continuance of Manchu rule, but which was regarded as a threat to their interests by these powers.