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Public Success, Private SorrowThe Life and Times of Charles Henry Brewitt-Taylor (1857-1938), China Customs Commissioner and Pioneer Translator$
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Isidore Cyril Cannon

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099616

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099616.001.0001

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The China Background

The China Background

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(p.25) 4 The China Background
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Public Success, Private Sorrow
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Isidore Cyril Cannon

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099616.003.0004

Charles Henry and his young wife moved to China during the nineteenth-century, and it is important to note that during this period, China was undergoing an interesting phase in its history. During the nineteenth century, the Ch'ing dynasty went through internal conflicts and external belligerence and these initiated several shocks. Some progressive senior mandarins expressed the need for changes in terms of commerce and administration, defence, and industry, and there were developments in both education and communication to strengthen China. This chapter aims to provide a background to the circumstances of the area during this specific period through utilizing well-known sources, as well a framework of analysis that may aid in understanding other aspects of the period.

Keywords:   Ch'ing dynasty, commerce and administration, defence, and industry, communication, education, nineteenth century

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