China: Trade, Politics and Culture 1793-1980 – trial

China: Trade, Politics and Culture 1793-1980 is based on substantial collections of unique manuscript materials held at the library of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the British Library in London, supplemented by additional sources from Cambridge University Library, the Church Missionary Society Archive, the Council for World Missions Library, Duke University, the National Archives at Kew, the Alexander Turnbull Library at the National Library of New Zealand and Yale Divinity Library.  In addition we have included a range of rare printed materials including missionary periodicals, atlases and books which help to contextualize the other sources.”

It comprises:

  • A large body of maps, colour paintings, photographs and drawings depicting people, places, customs and events that will enliven any study of China.
  • Substantial papers of key individuals involved in the Chinese Maritime Customs service from ECM and CAV Bowra to Robert Hart and Frederick Maze.
  • Records of major diplomatic missions to China ranging from the late 18th and early 19th century missions of Macartney and Amherst to those of Nixon and Heath in the 20th century.
  • Papers of missionaries active in all regions of China from Canton and Macao to Shanghai and Peking.
  • Extensive, fully searchable run of the Chinese Recorder, 1867-1941
  • Recently opened files from the National Archives at Kew relating to the thawing of relations with China in the 1970s.

 To access the trial please go to: www.china.amdigital.co.uk

The trial will run until 6th July 2011 (for off-campus access please login to the Library pages via the Remote Working Portal at https://vpn.lboro.ac.uk/+CSCOE+/logon.html )

Please note that the ‘download entire document in PDF’ option is not available during four-week trials. However, you are still able to view and print images from the collections.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn mailto:S.C.Corn@lboro.ac.uk with your comments