China: An Analysis

China: An Analysis

China: An Analysis

China: An Analysis

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The author of the following chapters was the legal adviser of the Government of the Chinese Republic and resident in Peking during parts of the years 1913 and 1914. During his stay in China he became much interested in the problems which were presented to the Chinese for solution. He had many conversations with Chinese and Europeans who had lived in China anent things Chinese. He also read many books written in English on China, and as well some written in other languages.

When he returned to this country he continued his interest in China, and, being called upon to speak frequently on things Chinese, was perforce obliged to formulate somewhat definitely his impressions and conclusions. In the autumn of 1917 he delivered a number of lectures at the Lowell Institute in Boston which set forth the conclusions he had reached. These lectures, as then delivered, are the foundations of the little book which he now ventures to publish. His intention was to publish the book before, but the press of other duties and the almost continuous and kaleidoscopic changes in Chinese conditions which have taken place since 1917 brought it about that that intention was not carried out. It is hoped, however, that recent developments in China and in her interna-

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