China in Transformation

China in Transformation

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China in Transformation

China in Transformation

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The first edition of China in Transformation appeared in 1898, at a time when signs of renascence were obvious only to those who had the opportunity to look below the surface. The author's first intention in bringing out the present edition was merely to preserve those parts which appear to have a permanent value, but in practice it was found difficult to adhere to this, and the result is a book, of which many chapters are strictly new, while all have been carefully revised and brought up to date.

If it appears that rather undue proportion is given to the history of the middle of last century, and especially to the diplomatic and commercial relations of that period, it must be explained that the material for this was obtained by the author in 1897 from original sources no longer available either to the student or the general reader. For this reason, this portion has only been slightly curtailed, in order to fit into the general perspective.

As the original edition, though fourteen years old, has never ceased to circulate, notwithstanding the great number of books on China which succeeded it, it is hoped that the present work, which is really a new China in Transformation, will meet the need for a simple, yet not ephemeral, description and estimate . . .

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