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The Fan-Qui of China: Everyday Life in 19th Century China

The Fan-Qui of China: Everyday Life in 19th Century China
C. Toogood Downing

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Charles Downing provides one of the first detailed descriptions of life in China by a western visitor. In particular, his three volumes provide a unique portrait of how the indigenous Chinese population viewed foreigners working and living in their country - the Fan-qui of the title. Among the wide range of topics included are commerce, culture, agriculture, religion, medicine, smuggling, shipping and navigation, together with unique information on attitudes to, and business restrictions upon, the English, Americans, Mohammedans, Russians, French and Malays who made up the Fan-qui population. Written at a time that marked the beginnings of free trade, The Fan-qui in China is a remarkably intimate yet authoritative account of a key period in China's history. With a new introduction by Peter Perdue, Professor of History at Yale University, these rare volumes will be welcomed by all those interested in the history, commerce and culture of China and its relations with other countries.

Author Info

Charles Toogood Downing went to China in the 1830s, where he practised his profession as a surgeon amongst both the Chinese and non-Chinese population, gaining an unparalleled insight into the personal and professional dealings of both the Chinese and non-Chinese population.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

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ISBN: 9781784535865
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2017
Number of Pages: 1016
Height: 234
Width: 156

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