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Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan, in the Years 1857, '58, '59

Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan, in the Years 1857, '58, '59
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - East and South-East Asian History

  • Date Published: April 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108045841

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About the Authors
  • In 1857 Laurence Oliphant (1829–88), lawyer, journalist, diplomat and sometime spy, later Liberal MP, satirical novelist, and, for a time, adherent of the religious mystic Thomas Harris, became private secretary to Lord Elgin (1811–63), accompanying him to China, and thence to Japan, on a mission to protect and extend British trading interests in the region. Oliphant's 1859 account of the trip was published in two volumes. Volume 1 deals with the events of the Second Opium War, and Volume 2 with the negotiation of the Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Yedo, and the legalisation of the Chinese opium trade. The work is a mixture of travel narrative – Oliphant had previously written about his travels in the Crimea (also reissued in this series) – and political analysis. It provides both an informative account of the war from a privileged vantage point and a window upon Oliphant's colourful career.

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    • Date Published: April 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108045841
    • dimensions: 217 x 141 x 64 mm
    • weight: 1.43kg
    • contains: 50 b/w illus. 20 colour illus. 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. The origin of the war
    2. Appointment and departure of special mission
    3. Arrival at Hong-Kong
    4. Condition of India in August 1857
    5. Voyage to the Philippines
    6. Attempt of Count Poutiatine to reach Pekin
    7. Landing of the troops
    8. New Year's Day, 1858
    9. Withdrawal of the naval force
    10. Diplomacy in China
    11. The Imperial Grand Canal
    12. An expedition to the Snowy Valley
    13. Communication from the Imperial Government
    14. Perilous position of despatch gunboats
    15. The night before the attack
    16. Ascent of the river
    17. The chances of a Chinese political career
    18. Insolence of the mob
    19. Advantages gained by Russia and America
    20. Duplicity of the Commissioners
    Appendix. Volume 2:
    1. First view of Japan
    2. Missionary success of Xavier
    3. A surfeit of sensations
    4. Residence of the American Consul
    5. Official visitors
    6. Residence of British mission
    7. Constitution of government
    8. A riding party
    9. A Japanese funeral
    10. Population of Yedo
    11. Settling-day
    12. Future prospects
    13. Effects of the Chinese climate
    14. All the ships aground
    15. Renewal of the action
    16. A battle between rebels and imperialists
    17. A foraging expedition
    18. First impressions of Han-kow
    19. First appearance of strangers
    20. Exploration of a lake
    21. The Yang-tse-Kiang commercially considered

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    Laurence Oliphant

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