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Author: Robert Bickers
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Title: The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914 (Allen Lane History)
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Publisher: Penguin Global; First Edition edition (November 2, 2011)
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The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914 (Allen Lane History) by Robert Bickers



In the early nineteenth century China remained almost untouched by British and European powers - but as new technology started to change this balance, foreigners gathered like wolves around the weakening Qing Empire.

Was there really a ‘Scramble for China’? The time-span of 1832 to1914 seems quite leisurely by comparison. Nor did the vast hinterland of China get divided up between the predatory imperial powers as happened so completely in Africa. Nonetheless, there is no doubt that in the period covered by Professor Bickers’s excellent book, a sustained, often brutally ruthless, assault took place on the territorial integrity of China, resulting in a host of concessions to the imperial powers involved.

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History, empire, China, and things found on the way. Menu. The blurb: In the early 19th century China remained almost untouched by Britain and other European powers – ferocious laws forbade all trade with the West outside one tiny area of Canton. Anyone teaching a European to speak Chinese was executed. But as new technology began to unbalance the relationship, foreigners gathered like wolves around the weakening Qing Empire. This extraordinary new book tells this epic story both from the European (mainly British) point of view and the Chinese. The degradation of China in this period is crucially important to understanding China today, whose government and people are steeped in stories of this terrible time and never wish to appear weak again.

Robert Bickers, The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832–1914 (London: Allen Lane, 2011). Julia Lovell, The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China (London: Picador, 2011). Stephen R. Platt, Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War (New York: Knopf, 2012). At the same time, the emperor and Qing officials in Beijing were occupied with governing a large, multi-ethnic empire with troubled frontier zones in the west; they did not initially concern themselves much with the demands of British traders nibbling around China's southern coast. In fact, Lovell notes, "The emperor had practically no idea he was supposed to be at war until the end of July 1840, almost a year after the British judged that armed hostilities had commenced" (11).

The Scramble for China book. Mind you the empire of the Manchus - the Qing dynasty, seems to have been a loose knit affair that was pushing in to pulling itself into closer bonds by the arrivals of the Europeans, regional revolts dragged on - difficult to crush in part because of the inroads that opium addiction made among the troops,so regional figures raised armies locally and disbanded them.

In the early nineteenth century China remained almost untouched by British and European powers - but as new technology started to change this balance, foreigners gathered like wolves around the weakening Qing Empire.

Robert Bickers is the author of the highly-acclaimed Empire Made Me. He has written extensively on Chinese history and is currently professor of history at the University of Bristol. He says wryly that China thinks it is different from other countries, thereby proving that in this regard it is just the same as them. Chinese youth come out into the world equipped for instinctive indignation at China's past humiliations, something that might make a very awkward world for all of us".

book by Robert Bickers. In the early 19th century China remained almost untouched by British and European powers but as new technology started to change this balance, foreigners gathered like wolves around the weakening Qing Empire.

In the early nineteenth century China remained almost untouched by British and European powers - but as new technology started to change this balance, foreigners gathered like wolves around the weakening Qing Empire. Would the Chinese suffer the fate of much of the rest of the world, carved into pieces by Europeans? Or could they adapt rapidly enough to maintain their independence? This important and compelling book explains the roots of China's complex relationship with the West by illuminating a dramatic, colourful and sometimes shocking period of the country's history.