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A SHORT HISTORY OF CHINA

A SHORT HISTORY OF

CHINA

AN ACCOUNT FOR THE GENERAL READER

OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE

AND PEOPLE.

BY

DEMETRIUS CHARLES BOULGER

A New Edition

WITH AN ADDITIONAL CHAPTER CONTINUING THE

HISTORY FROM 1890 TO DATE

LONDON

GIBBINGS & COMPANY LIMITED

NEW YORK: FRANCIS P. HARPER

1900

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B763 b

LOVE AND WYMAN, LIMITED, PRINTERS, GREAT QUEEN STREET,

LONDON, W.C.

I DEDICATE THIS SHORT

HISTORY OF

CHINA

TO

SIR HALLIDAY MACARTNEY, K.C.M.G.,

AS A SLIGHT TRIBUTE OF PERSONAL RESPECT AND ADMIRATION FOR ONE WHO HAS

MAINTAINED THE RIGHT OF CHINA TO BE TREATED BY THE GOVERNMENTS

OF EUROPE WITH THE DIGNITY AND CONSIDERATION THAT BECOME A

GREAT EMPIRE.

IF TO LORD MACARTNEY we OWE THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN AUDIENCE OF THE EMPEROR OF CHINA ON THE SAME CONDITIONS AS THOSE ON WHICH FOREIGN AMBASSADORS ARE RECEIVED AT EUROPEAN COURTS, TO

SIR HALLIDAY MACARTNEY,

A SCION OF THE SAME FAMILY,

CHINA

OWES MUCH OF THE SUCCESS THAT HAS ATTENDED HER DIPLOMACY IN

FOREIGN COUNTRIES,

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