Intimate China: The Chinese as I Have Seen Them

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 10, 2010 - History - 636 pages
Part memoir, part travelogue, part crusade, Intimate China details the exploits of Alicia Little (Mrs Archibald Little), who first arrived in China as a new bride in 1887. Little was already a prolific writer before her marriage, and this narrative is both compelling and refreshingly frank. Published in 1899, her account of life in late nineteenth-century China is arranged eclectically, with chapters on 'Superstitions', 'Current coin in China' and 'Hindrances and annoyances' interlaced with descriptions of trips to Tibet and up the Yangtze. The latter third of the book is devoted entirely to politics. Fuelled with a determination to represent the Chinese 'as I have seen them', Little spares no details, supplying descriptions of the complications arising from foot-binding, a practice she found abhorrent and against which she actively campaigned. Extending to over six hundred pages and lavishly illustrated with maps and photographs, this is an extraordinary book.
 

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Contents

PRELUDE
1
CHAPTER I
31
CHAPTER II
58
CHAPTER III
74
Sulphur Bath Rowdy Behaviour Fight in Boat Imprisonment
98
CHAPTER V
120
CHAPTER VI
134
CHAPTER VII
145
CHAPTER XVII
327
CHAPTER XVIII
350
CHAPTER XIX
362
CHAPTER XX
383
CHAPTER XXI
396
CHAPTER XXIII
446
AFFAIRS OF STATE
457
THE SIGHTS OF PEKING
473

CHAPTER VIII
164
CHAPTER IX
184
CHAPTER XI
211
CHAPTER XII
230
CHAPTER XIII
253
CHAPTER XIV
269
CHAPTER XV
292
CHAPTER I
493
A Concubine no Empress Sudden Deaths Suspicions PrinceChiin
515
CHAPTER III
532
CHAPTER IV
549
CHAPTER V
570
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