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  • Published: 25 February 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141983509
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
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The Scramble For China

Foreign Devils In The Qing Empire, 1832-1914



In the early nineteenth century China remained almost untouched by British and European powers - but as new technology started to change this balance, foreigners gathered like wolves around the weakening Qing Empire. Would the Chinese suffer the fate of much of the rest of the world, carved into pieces by Europeans? Or could they adapt rapidly enough to maintain their independence?This important and compelling book explains the roots of China's complex relationship with the West by illuminating a dramatic, colourful and sometimes shocking period of the country's history.

  • Published: 25 February 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141983509
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
Categories:

About the author

Robert Bickers

Robert Bickers is Professor of History and Director of the 'Historical Photographs of China' project at the University of Bristol. He is the author of Empire Made Me: An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai and The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914.

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Praise for The Scramble For China

At every airport bookshop, the business traveller is offered shelves of volumes that purport to tell us how an emerging, powerful China will deal with the world, and how the rest of us should make the most of the commercial opportunities opened up by its rise. Those who wish to understand these issues more closely might be better advised to read this fair and fascinating account

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