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As China reclaims its central role in the world, Robert Bickers appeals to Britons and others in the West to take account of the legacy left by the country’s difficult 19th century.

Neil Taylor looks for traces of history visible and invisible in the great square at the heart of Beijing.

Volume: 57 Issue: 6 2007

Rana Mitter recalls the career of a man who once ruled an area larger than France and Germany, but who spent forty years in Chiang Kai-shek’s gaols.

Volume: 54 Issue: 2 2004

Steve Smith shows that those who control the present are sometimes able to control interpretations of the past.

Volume: 53 Issue: 12 2003

Craig Clunas considers what we can learn of the society of Ming China by looking at how paintings were used as gifts.

Volume: 52 Issue: 8 2002

Michael Lynch introduces the controversial career of a gargantuan figure in Chinese and modern world history.

Issue: 43 2002

Leslie Marchant sees the Opium Wars as a philosophical clash between two cultures and two notions of government and society.

Volume: 52 Issue: 5 2002

Joseph Needham, one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable scholars, was born on December 9th, 1900.

Volume: 50 Issue: 12 2000

Robert Bickers shows how the history of British and European imperialism in China helps explain the ferocious Boxer War of 1900.

Volume: 50 Issue: 8 2000

Mao Zedong was elected Chairman of the Central People's Government on September 30th, 1949.

Volume: 49 Issue: 9 1999

Cherry Barnett recalls the history of Europe’s last colonial toehold in China, as the Portuguese colony of Macao returns to rule by Beijing.

Volume: 49 Issue: 12 1999

1930s Shanghai was notoriously populated by characters of dubious political and moral allegiances. Bernard Wasserstein shows how the Japanese used their contacts among the city’s low-life to assist in their invasion and occupation.

Volume: 48 Issue: 9 1998

Janis Wilton records the stories of 19th-century Chinese immigrants and their descendants, and explores their relationship with ‘White Australia’.

Volume: 47 Issue: 11 1997

With Hong Kong returning to Chinese rule, Roger Thompson looks at when the colony influenced reformers who tried to bring the ballot box to the Middle Kingdom.

Volume: 47 Issue: 7 1997

Xinzhong Yao examines the prospects for Christianity in China based on past performance.

Volume: 44 Issue: 9 1994

Paul Gillingham looks at a kowtow fiasco and a failure in Anglo-Chinese understanding.

Volume: 43 Issue: 11 1993
When the Japanese invaded Manchuria in 1931, resistance came not from the Chinese government, but from plucky local groups who waged guerrilla war, Anthony Coogan uncovers their little-known story and explains why it remained so.
Volume: 43 Issue: 7 1992

Penelope Johnston describes China's revered North American hero

Volume: 41 Issue: 9 1991

Kate Lowe on Hong Kong's forgotten anniversary.

Volume: 41 Issue: 12 1991

Michael Dillon looks at the little-known and less appreciated activities of a trader class that provided a solid base for the prosperity the Ming and Qing Chinese empires.

Volume: 39 Issue: 2 1989

The recent recovery of large quantities of porcelain from the South China seas highlights eighteenth-century Europe's insatiable desire for tableware from the Orient.

Volume: 37 Issue: 4 1987

Paul Dukes interprets the heritage of China in the context of global history

Volume: 36 Issue: 6 1986
Stuart A. Schram continues our Makers of the 20th Century series. That Mao Zedong has changed the course of modern history is beyond dispute. the extent of his influence, both in China and abroad, has however been a matter of fierce debate since his death in 1976.
Volume: 31 Issue: 4 1981

Lawrence A. Clayton on the Chinese labourers who came to work in Peru, often in appalling conditions.

Volume: 30 Issue: 6 1980

Vietnam's present-day expansionism in Indo-China is not a recent phenomenon but has roots in its pre-colonial past argues Milton Osborne.

Volume: 30 Issue: 4 1980

The beautiful summer palaces of Yuan Ming Yuan outside Peking, designed by Europeans for the Emperor of China in the middle of the eighteenth century, have now been recognised as a curiosity of their country's heritage, explains Harriet Berry.


By C.R. Boxer.

Volume: 30 Issue: 12 1980

Sir Peter Allen examines the history of Tibet's relationship with China and the Western World. 

Volume: 30 Issue: 12 1980

C.R. Boxer describes how porcelain, silks and, above all, tea formed the basis of a lucrative trade between the Chinese and Dutch in the eighteenth century.

Volume: 29 Issue: 11 1979

Gerald Morgan charts the life and times of a senior Russian diplomat in nineteenth century China and Turkey, who outwitted his opponents by charm and guile.

Volume: 27 Issue: 12 1977

William Gardener describes how Russia's stealthy advance across Siberia led to close relations with China in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Volume: 27 Issue: 1 1977

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