Mediating Empire
Mediating Empire
An English Family in China, 1817-1927
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Plate section faces page Editors’ Preface Acknowledgments / Use of Names List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations Hillier Family Tree Medhurst Family Tree Map of Principal Locations of the Hillier and Medhurst Families, 1817–1927 Map of the Chinese Railway network, 1909 Introduction: Family, China and the British World
Part 1: 1817– Chapter 1 Preparing for Entry
Chapter 2 Opening the Treaty Ports
Chapter 3 Colonising Hong Kong Chapter 4 Strong Wives
Part 2: 1857–
Chapter 5 Early Influences, Early Careers
Chapter 6 The New Imperialism
Chapter 7 Intimate Empire
Chapter 8 Reform and Revolution, War and Withdrawal
Chapter 9 Conclusion Time-line Bibliography Index

Andrew Hillier

Mediating Empire

An English Family in China, 1817-1927

As part of the growing scholarship on family and empire, this study examines Britain’s presence in China through the lens of one family, arguing that, as the physical embodiment of the imperial project, it provided a social and cultural mechanism for mediating Britain’s imperial power, authority and presence, and forging connections and networks throughout the expanding British world. Drawing on public and private papers, it breaks significant new ground in its development of those themes.
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