Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (May 19, 1999)
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kinfolk among Britain and China have, for over one hundred fifty years, been inextricably certain up with the taking of Hong Kong Island on 26 January 1841. the fellow accountable, Britain's plenipotentiary Captain Charles Elliot, used to be recalled by way of his govt in shame and has been vilified ever in view that by means of China. This booklet describes the taking of Hong Kong from Elliot's standpoint for the 1st time '- throughout the own letters of himself and his spouse Clara '- and indicates a guy of intelligence, judgment of right and wrong and humanitarian instincts. The booklet supplies new insights into Sino-British family members of the interval. simply because those are actually being re-assessed either traditionally and for the longer term, revelations approximately Elliot's function, intentions and research are major and will make an enormous distinction to our knowing of the dynamics of those kin. On a special point, the booklet explores how Charles the personal guy, together with his spouse through his aspect, skilled occasions, instead of how Elliot the general public determine pronounced them to the British govt. The paintings is consequently of serious historiographical curiosity.