British Views on China at the Dawn of the 19th Century

By Shunhong Zhang

In 1792, British envoy George Macartney travelled to China to establish The Macartney Embassy, hoping to convince Emperor Qianlong to ease restrictions on trade between Britain and China. Things did not run particularly smoothly for George Macartney and his colleagues. Years later, in 1816, William Pitt Amherst was sent as ambassador extraordinary to the court of China's Qing Dynasty, with a view of establishing deeper commercial relations between the two nations. As with The Macartney Embassy, Amherst and his men encountered numerous problems and set backs. During their time in China, both Macartney and Amherst published a number of influential books and papers on China that helped define British and European views on China and the Chinese. This book reveals the long-term consequences of decisions made from this period of history, and how perceptions and opinions formed during this time have played a central role in the relationship between China and the United Kingdom. (Series: Foreign Relations in China)

300 pages

Publication Date: 12/31/2013
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781844643516

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