The development of China (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin, 1917 - History - 273 pages
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Page xi - Chinese history, an outline of the larger features of China's development, and the historical setting of its present-day problems.
Page 143 - The condition of the Negroes of the city in the last decade of the eighteenth and the first two decades of the nineteenth century, although without doubt bad, slowly [improved; an insurance society, in 1796, took the beneficial features of the old Free African Society.
Page 145 - He forced the surrender of all the drug then held in stock by the foreign merchants and destroyed it. This and some other acts, in which the British were treated with arrogance and with what was from their standpoint rank injustice, led to increased friction and finally to open hostilities (1840-42).
Page ix - There have been changes, but none of them as violent as those which have shaken the West during the same period. Only two other cultural groups that in India and that in the Mediterranean Basin have had as dominant an influence over as large a section of mankind. For Chinese culture has not only spread gradually over what is now China proper, with its three or four hundred million inhabitants, but it...
Page 59 - Mongol dominion ; in its whole extent it spread from the Black Sea on the west to the Yellow Sea on the east, and from the northern border of Mongolia to the southern limits of Annam.
Page 90 - One does well to remember that within so short a period as a century and a half ago, when the Manchus were at their height, China was among the best-governed and most highly civilized nations on earth, and that its reputation in the West was such that it was held up by many as an ideal in industry and in the arts of living.
Page 145 - From the British standpoint the war was primarily to secure just treatment of their subjects by the Chinese and to open China to trade on terms more nearly fair to foreigners. To the Chinese and to most of the world, however, it seemed to be designed primarily to force opium upon the Chinese. Hostilities were confined, almost exclusively to naval attacks on the cities of the southern coast. The British were uniformly successful and finally, after several abortive attempts at negotiations, concluded...
Page x - ... but by their industry, their thrift, their commercial ability, their physical vitality, and the achievements of their students in the universities of the West. Chinese students in American universities have frequently carried off high scholastic honors in open competition with the flower of our youth.
Page 236 - Shanghai, the chief port of China, there is displayed the sign, " Chinese and dogs not admitted.

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