China from Empire to Republic: Records of the Maritime Customs Service of China 1854–1949

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China from Empire to Republic: Records of the Maritime Customs Service of China 1854–1949 provides an excellent primary source collection, mainly in English, for the study of China and its relations with the Imperial West in the late Qing and Republican periods. The records included in this collection-- official correspondence, despatches, reports, memoranda, and private and confidential letters-- constitute invaluable and often unique evidence of Chinese life, the economy and politics through the Taiping Rebellion, the Boxer Rebellion, the Revolution of 1911, the May 30 Movement, the two Sino-Japanese Wars, and the Chinese Civil War.

中國舊海關是一個國際化的、以英國員工(高級管理層)為主的官僚機構,從其1854年成立到1950年1月隸屬於歷屆中央政府。作為這一時期中國最重要的機構,它是中國貿易、交流和國際事務的核心所在。該檔案庫中的官方通信、通令、報告、備忘錄和機密函件等呈現了從太平天國運動、義和團運動、辛亥革命、五卅運動、抗日戰爭到國共內戰期間中國的生活、經濟和政治,是寶貴且獨特的資源。