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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - East and South-East Asian History

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108079846


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  • Traveller, soldier, author and adventurer, William Mesny (1842–1919) was born in Jersey but spent the greater part of his life in China, most notably as a decorated officer in the imperial army of the Qing dynasty, rising to the rank of major-general by 1873. He had fought beside 'Chinese Gordon' during the Taiping Rebellion and travelled through a great many provinces in the course of a long and lively career. His experiences, coupled with his ability to consult Chinese sources, equipped him to interpret historical and contemporary events in the East for readers in the West. This 1884 work presents his 'slight historical sketch' of the region that is now northern Vietnam. At the time of publication, French forces were engaged in their Tonkin Campaign and the Sino-French War was about to erupt. Mesny's final chapters include discussion of the Black Flag Army, the scourge of French imperialism.

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    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108079846
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Tungking
    2. Chou Cheng Wang
    3. Historic times
    4. Chao T'o sends an envoy to the court of An-yang
    5. Subjugation of the kingdom of Nan-yüeh
    6. Chih Hsieh
    7. The Tang dynasty and Chiao-chih
    8. An-nan invaded by Ma Hsi-fan
    9. Prince Ta Sheng
    10. Li Huan sends tribute to China in AD 984
    11. Tien-tsu's rule as an independent monarch
    12. The Mongols found the Yüan dynasty
    13. The Ming dynasty founded
    14. Tien-ping invades Tungking in 1405
    15. Wan Tung's truce with Li Li
    16. Mo Teng-yung petitions the emperor
    17. Invasion of Tungking
    18. Chinese rebels in Tungking
    19. Official position of the Black Flag leader
    20. Mineral wealth of Tungking
    21. Conclusion

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    William Mesny

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