Foreigners Within the Gates: The Legations at Peking
Oxford University Press (China) Limited, 1993 - History - 158 pages
This fascinating book describes, through period photographs and text, the history of the foreign legations in the Chinese capital from their establishment in the 1800s to the present. More than simply a description of a place, the book conveys a lively sense of the rich social, political, economic, and religious life of a community that coexisted with--but lived apart from--the surrounding Chinese world.
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At first, the Chinese called for a truce and proposed negotiations. When the
British and French negotiators arrived, however, they were taken hostage by the
Chinese. The British and French forces — joined later by Russians and
negotiated separate agreements with the Chinese representatives. However, an
identical clause was inserted in each peace treaty which granted to each Power '
most favoured nation' treatment. In layman's terms, this meant that each of the ...
The first to raise a vigorous claim against China was Prussia. On 23 June 1861
Prussia's envoy, Graf Eulenburg, arrived in Tianjin and opened negotiations with
the Chinese. The talks progressed in a serpentine manner, and it soon became ...
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This large, beautifully illustrated book describes a unique community that no longer exists--the residents of the former legation quarter of Beijing. A few traces of the quarter itself remain (a ... Read full review
The Early Legations
Peking and the Foreign Community
The Siege of the Legations
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