Western Reports on the Taiping
A Selection of Documents
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This book, first published in 1982, collects together a wide range of Western reportage on this major revolt in nineteenth century China. The extracts are contemporary, from eyewitnesses, and come from diplomatic and missionary reports, from books, newspapers, private journals, travel accounts and diaries. They provide a good overview of the response to this major crisis of Chinese society over a twenty-year period and the Western presence in mid-nineteenth century China.
Table of Contents
Part 1. The Early Years 1850–4 1. The First Reports 1850–3 2. The First Contacts 1853 3. The First Books 1853–4 Part 2. The Middle Years 1854–9 4. The West Looks More Closely 1854 5. Loss of Contact 1855–8 6. Contact Renewed 1858–9 Part 3. The Later Years 1860–4 7. The Missionaries Make Close Contact 1860–1 8. The Missionaries Withdraw 1861–2 9. Other Close Encounters 1861–2 10. The Ningpo Encounter 1861–2 11. The Mercenary Experience 1861–4 Part 4. The Aftermath
Prescott Clarke and J.S. Gregory