English Lessons James Hevia

ISBN: 9780822385066

Published: January 1st 2009

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English Lessons  by  James Hevia

English Lessons by James Hevia
January 1st 2009 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 0 pages | ISBN: 9780822385066 | 10.42 Mb

Inserting China into the history of nineteenth-century colonialism, English Lessons explores the ways that Euroamerican imperial powers humiliated the Qing monarchy and disciplined the Qing polity in the wake of multipower invasions of China in 1860MoreInserting China into the history of nineteenth-century colonialism, English Lessons explores the ways that Euroamerican imperial powers humiliated the Qing monarchy and disciplined the Qing polity in the wake of multipower invasions of China in 1860 and 1900.

James L. Hevia focuses on the processes by which Great Britain enacted a pedagogical project that was itself a form of colonization, instructing the Manchu-Chinese elite on proper behavior in a world dominated by multiple imperial powers. The aim was to bring China low and make it a willing participant in British strategic goals in Asia. These lessons not only transformed the Qing dynasty but ultimately contributed to its destruction.

Hevia examines British Foreign Office documents, diplomatic memoirs, auction house and museum records, nineteenth-century scholarship on Chinese history and culture, campaign records, and photographs. By analyzing the circulation of military loot in Europe, the creation of an art history of things Chinese, the construction of a field of knowledge about China, and the Great Game rivalry between Britain, Russia, and the Qing empire in Central Asia, he shows how Britain refigured its imperial project in China as a cultural endeavor.



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