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

Volume 2

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

  • Date Published: April 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108045834

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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 2 deals with the negotiation of the Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Yedo, the legalisation of the Chinese opium trade and combat with Chinese insurgents at Nankin. The work is a mixture of travel narrative - Oliphant had previously written about his travels in Nepal and 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 own colourful career.

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    • Date Published: April 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108045834
    • length: 554 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus. 15 colour illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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
    Appendix.

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