Yangtze River Gunboats: 1900-1949

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Yangtze River Gunboats: 1900-1949


Redman, Rod, Sea Classics


YANGTZE RIVER GUNBOATS: 1900-1949 By Angus Konstar with Illustrations by Tony Bryan 50 Pages, Fully illustrated, 7.5-in x 8.75-in, Softback. ISBN 978-184908-408-6 - $19.95. Osprey Publishing/New Vanguard, ospreypublishing.com.

With the addition of this very nicely presented treatise on gunboats, it is obvious the folks at Osprey have created a very popular series of economical reference books the Brits choose to call "partworks" - this being number 34 in its New Vanguard series. A perennial favorite with many Naval buffs, the topic of gunboats seems endlessly interesting for, while few in overall numbers, these spirited essentially riverine vessels collectively hold a fascination that appears to be timeless. Starting with the earliest European exploits of China's emergence as a valued trading partner in the 1800s, the ubiquitous gunboat became the mighty symbol of foreign authority on China's main rivers. Their presence in itself spawned the term "Gunboat Diplomacy" where in lieu of any other treaty agreements with local war lords, the gunboats were sovereign representatives of the nation whose flags they flew. …

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