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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: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108045827

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  • 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, from the 'Arrow Incident', discussed in retrospect, to the Treaty of Tientsin, as well as an early diversion to India to suppress the Mutiny. 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: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108045827
    • length: 526 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 5 colour illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

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