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Entering China's Service: Robert Hart's Journals 1854-1863; Robert Hart /with / China' s Early Modernization: His Journals 1863-1866 [Two Vol. Set]

Hart, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0674257359 / ISBN 13: 9780674257351
Published by Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass, 1986
Condition: Fine to Almost as New Hardcover
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Two Volume set. Vol #1, 427pp [6]; Vol #2 582pp [7]. photo end papers Edited and with narratives by Katherine F. Bruner, John K. Fairbank, and Richard J. Smith. Map, photo Size: Sm4to 9 x 6. Bookseller Inventory # 001782

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Title: Entering China's Service: Robert Hart's ...

Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: HC, Green Cloth, Gilt Spine

Book Condition:Fine to Almost as New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine to Almost as New

Edition: First Editions.

Book Type: Hardback

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Robert Hart was one of those empire builders of the Victorian age who had a long and nearly uninterrupted experience in China, from 1854, when as a young Irishman from Belfast he landed in Ningpo, until 1908, when as a man in his seventies he finally retired to England. His years as the Ch'ing government's Inspector General of the Maritime Customs Service have been copiously recorded in letters to his London agent, beginning in 1868, published as a 2-volume collection, The IG. in Peking (Harvard, Belknap Press, 1975).

In 1970, a second lode of Hart materials came to light, the 77 volumes of his journals, begun on the day of his arrival in China in 1854 and ending at his departure in 1908, with two short but significant gaps in the first decade where he himself destroyed entries of too personal a nature.

Entering China's Service presents a complete and annotated transcript of the surviving journals through 1863, alternating with chapters devoted to Hart's North Ireland background, the China he encountered, the Ch'ing officials who trusted him, and the unfolding of his career. His reactions to the Chinese as well as to his fellow Westerners cast an invaluable light on nineteenth-century China.

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John King Fairbank was Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and Director of the East Asian Research Center at Harvard University.

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