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By Wang Gungwu

Chinese language encounters with the British have been greater than simply these among nice powers. there has been the bigger canvas of the Empire and Commonwealth the place the 2 peoples traded and interacted. In China, officers and retailers needed to position the British beside different enterprising international peoples who have been both motive on influencing advancements there. there have been additionally chinese language who encountered the British in own methods, and person British who ventured right into a 'vast unknown' with its deep historical past. Wang Gungwu's 2003 ebook, in accordance with lectures linking China and the chinese language with imperial Britain, examines the chances in, in addition to the boundaries of, their encounters. It takes the tale past the clich├ęs of opium, battling, and the diplomatic abilities had to fend off opponents and enemies, and probes a few parts of extra intimate encounters, now not least the beginnings of a much wider English-speaking destiny.

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