By Harry Gelber
The ‘battle for Beijing’ is universally – and particularly wrongly – believed to were approximately opium. This ebook argues that it used to be approximately freedom to exchange, Britain’s calls for for diplomatic equality, and French calls for for non secular freedom in China. either international locations agreed that their armies, which again and again prevailed over chinese language ones that have been numerically improved, may remain out of Beijing itself, yet have been infuriated through China’s imprisonment, torture and dying of British, French and Indian negotiators. while, the British and French additionally helped the empire to conflict rebels and to pocket port and harbour dues. They recommended rigorously among their political and buying and selling calls for, and navigated the risk that undue pressure may make China’s fragile govt and empire disintegrate. If it did, there will be not anyone to make any type of contract with; a lot of East Asia will be in chaos and Russian energy might quickly expand.
Battle for Beijing, 1858–1860 offers clean insights into the explanations at the back of the activities and methods of British specialists, either at domestic and in China, and the British and French army commanders. It is going opposed to the commonly accredited perspectives surrounding the Franco-British clash, offering a daring new argument and perspective.
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Battle for Beijing, 1858–1860: Franco-British Conflict in China by Harry Gelber