The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library is excited to share that the University of Toronto community can now access the China and the Modern World: Imperial China and the West Part 1 & 2 (1815-1881 & 1865-1905) e-resource through the University of Toronto Libraries.
China and the Modern World: Imperial China and the West Part 1 & 2 (1815-1881 & 1865-1905) contains correspondence records from the British Foreign Office in China related to the internal politics of China and Britain, their relationship, and the relationships between other Western powers keen to benefit from growing trading ports in the Far East. The collection includes reports from British representatives during this period. Covering the Sino-Japanese War, the Boxer Rebellion (1900), the signing of the Protocol of Peking, and the series of uprisings against the Chinese Qing regime.
Part 1: Focuses on Britain's increasing commercial, legal, and territorial rights in China, and features correspondence from the Factories of Canton and missionaries who entered China in the early 19th century.
Part 2: Focuses on the increasing competition of Western powers for influence and valuable infrastructure in China, such as railways, telegraph lines, and mines.
Of interest to scholars in Chinese history and studies, colonial studies, British history, economics, and political science.