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Macartney at Kashgar - New Light on British, Chinese, and Russian Activities in Sinkiang, 1890-1918

Skrine, C.P.; Nightingale, Pamela

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ISBN 10: 0195841565 / ISBN 13: 9780195841565
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Oxford University Press, Hong Kong, 1987, paper reprint of 1973 ed, 5 x 8, VG condition, xi, 282 pages, a few illus., maps, bibliog., index.-----------------------------------First published in 1973, this book describes the careerof Sir George Macartney, who spent 28 years as Britishrepresentative in Sinkiang, China's most westerlyprovince. It is a career remarkable not so muchfor spectacular achievements as for dedicated service andobjective reporting in one of the most remote andlonely posts ever maintained by the British government.Macartney first arrived in Sinkiang in 1890, travellingas interpreter for Captain Francis Younghusband, whowas on a mission for the Indian government. WhenYounghusband departed he left Macartney behind asthe sole and unofficial representative of British interestsin the region, where he was to remain until 1918.For a long time his unofficial status createdimmense difficulties for him. He was for the most partpowerless to intervene in the quarrels and rivalriesbetween the Chinese administration and the Russianforeign officials and military representatives in theprovince; but his neutrality, calmness, and integritywon him the respect of both sides. By the time he wasofficially made Consul in 1908 he had already achievedmuch that enhanced British prestige in Central Asia.During the remainder of his stay in Sinkiang he wasto witness the effects there of both the Chinese andthe Russian revolutions.----------------------------------------------------Sir Clarmont Skrine (1888-1974), a former British Consul-General at Kashgar, was the author of ChineseCentral Asia. Pamela Nightingale is a Fellow ofthe Royal Historical Society and has written a number of books about India. Bookseller Inventory # 33695

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Sir George Macartney spent 28 years around the turn of the century as British representative in Sinkiang - one of the most remote and lonely posts ever maintained by the British government. As this account makes clear, it was a career remarkable chiefly for dedicated service and objective reporting. All those interested in the history of the British Empire and the History of China and Russia.

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