Mediating Empire: An English Family in China, 1817-1927

Mediating Empire: An English Family in China, 1817-1927

by Andrew Hillier


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As part of the growing scholarship on family and empire, this study examines Britain's presence in China through the lens of one family, arguing that, as the physical embodiment of the imperial project, it provided a social and cultural mechanism for mediating Britain's imperial power, authority and presence, and forging connections and networks throughout the expanding British world. Drawing on public and private papers, it breaks significant new ground in its development of those themes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912961023
Publisher: Renaissance Books
Publication date: 04/30/2020
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.62(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Plate section faces page 122

Editors' Preface ix

Acknowledgments / Use of Names xi

List of Illustrations xiii

List of Abbreviations xv

Hillier Family Tree xvii

Medhurst Family Tree xviii

Map of Principal Locations of the Hillier & Medhurst Families, 1817-1927 xix

Map of the Chinese Railway network, 1909 xx

Introduction: Family, China and the British World xxi

Part 1 1817-1860

Chapter 1 Preparing for Entry 3

Chapter 2 Opening the Treaty Ports 29

Chapter 3 Colonising Hong Kong 54

Chapter 4 Strong Wives 78

Part 2 1857-1927

Chapter 5 Early Influences, Early Careers 109

Chapter 6 The New Imperialism 148

Chapter 7 Intimate Empire 184

Chapter 8 Reform and Revolution, War and Withdrawal 220

Chapter 9 Conclusion 262

Time-line 269

Bibliography 277

Index 305

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