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The Life of Sir Halliday Macartney, K.C.M.G.

The Life of Sir Halliday Macartney, K.C.M.G.
Commander of Li Hung Chang's Trained Force in the Taeping Rebellion, Founder of the First Chinese Arsenals, for Thirty Years Councillor and Secretary to the Chinese Legation in London


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century

Sir James Crichton-Browne
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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108026260

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  • Demetrius C. Boulger (1853–1928) published several works on Asia, including this 1908 biography of Sir Halliday Macartney (1833–1906), a military doctor turned diplomat. Boulger describes how, interrupting his studies, Macartney served as a medical volunteer with the Anglo-Turkish contingent in the Crimea. After completing his medical degree Macartney joined the army and travelled to India and China. In the early 1860s he took an active part in crushing the Taiping Rebellion under the leadership of the young General (then Captain) Gordon, joined the Chinese Service, and was swiftly promoted. Macartney founded the first ever arsenal in China at Nanking and was its director for ten years. He transferred to the diplomatic service, and for over thirty years was a lead negotiator in Anglo-Chinese affairs. He also organised the diplomatic representation of China at various European courts and became a Counsellor to the Chinese Embassy in London.

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108026260
    • length: 570 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Sir James Crichton-Browne
    1. Family and early life
    2. The Crimea and Indian Mutiny
    3. The Peking Campaign
    4. The Taeping Rebellion
    5. Macartney enters Chinese service
    6. Campaigning with Gordon
    7. The Soochow Massacre
    8. Life in Soochow
    9. Removal to Nanking
    10. The Nanking arsenal: second phase
    11. The Kwoh embassy
    12. The return to England
    13. The arrival of the Marquis Tsêng
    14. The St. Petersburg treaty
    15. The complications with France
    16. Various negotiations with England
    17. Some minor diplomatic incidents
    18. The close of a long career

  • Author

    Demetrius Charles Boulger


    Sir James Crichton-Browne

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