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Trial access to China: Trade, Politics and Culture (Adam Matthew)

By Sarah Gilmore, on 1 March 2017

UCL has trial access to China: Trade, Politics and Culture until 29th March 2017. To access off-site please use Desktop@UCL Anywhere. Please note that PDF download options are not available during the trial

China: Trade, Politics and Culture is an English-language primary source database relating to China and the West, 1793-1980. The resource includes manuscripts encompassing events from the earliest English embassy to the birth and early years of the People’s Republic. Key documents relating to the Chinese Maritime Customs service – from Robert Hart to Frederick Maze – are accessible and searchable alongside original reports of the Amherst and Macartney embassies. There are letters relating to the first Opium War, survivors’ descriptions of the Boxer War and  glimpses of life in China from the collected diaries and personal photographs of the Bowra family. There are also significant sources describing the lives and work of missionaries in China from 1869-1970, including extensive and fully searchable runs of missionary periodicals:

  • The Chinese Recorder
  • Light and Life Magazine
  • The Land of Sinim: the North China Mission Quarterly Paper

In addition, 400 colour paintings, maps and drawings by English and Chinese artists provide a visual seam to the collection. Photographs, sketches and ephemeral items depicting Chinese people, places, customs and events, and providing a visual accompaniment to the documentary images.

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