First published in 1938, this book aims to be a ‘true and objective’ account of China’s recent history and its present circumstances at the time, drawing on the author’s thirty years of experience as a member of the British consular service in China. The recurrent themes of the period are examined: the efforts of the Chinese leadership to build a new China out of the ruins of the old, their efforts to claim a place of equality among the nations of the world, and the development of the conflict between a resurgent China and the ambitions of Japan. Some of the issues studied were in the process of change and others definitely closed by war — nearly all were affected to some degree.
Chapter I. Historical Prelude Chapter II. Japan In China Chapter III. Britain and America in China Chapter IV. Russia and France in China Chapter V. Germany, Italy and the Smaller Powers in China Chapter VI. The Unequal Treaties and Ex-Territoriality Chapter VII. The Fight for Tariff Autonomy Chapter VIII. The Boxer Indemnity Chapter IX. The Customs, Posts and Salt Administrations Chapter X. The Treaty Ports Chapter XI. Shanghai Chapter XII. The Coast and Inland Water Trade, Foreign Men-Of-War, and Foreign Garrisons in China Chapter XIII. The Story of the Leased Territories Chapter XIV. The Chinese Government, the Communists, and the Kuomintang Chapter XV. Frontiers and Dependencies Chapter XVI. Loans, Railway concessions and Consortium Chapter XVII. Army, Navy and Aviation Chapter XVIII. Currency, Wireless and Mining Enterprise Chapter XIX. The Foreigner in China Chapter XX. Conclusion; Index