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The Scramble for China Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914

by Robert Bickers

The Scramble for China Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914 Synopsis

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.

The Scramble for China Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914 Press Reviews

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 -- Chris Patten * Financial Times * Compellingly erudite and clear-sighted history -- Dominic Sandbrook * Sunday Times * Powerful, astute and readable ... meticulously researched in contemporary English-language records and journals, and written with flair and feeling, its rhetoric eschews rant and is never misplaced -- John Keay * Literary Review *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141015859
Publication date: 23rd February 2012
Author: Robert Bickers
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 512 pages
Categories: Asian history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About Robert Bickers

Robert Bickers is the author of the highly-acclaimed Empire Made Me. He has written extensively on Chinese history and is currently Professor of History at the University of Bristol. To write The Scramble for China he has travelled extensively, visiting many of the haunting sites scattered across China that feature in the book.

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