China And Her Neighbours; France In Indo-china, Russia And China, India And Thibet

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byRichard Simpson Gundry

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. COEEA.1 By a combination of circumstances, not the least curious of which is that the weight of China was thrown into the scale of progress, the last kingdom in Asia to maintain a policy of seclusion was persuaded, in 1882, to open its gates and have intercourse with the outside world. In the spring of that year, Admiral Schufeldt on behalf of the United States, Admiral Willes on behalf of Great Britain, and the commander of the Stosch gunboat on behalf of North Germany, signed, at a village on' the banks of the Han river, treaties by which Corea agreed to open certain of her ports, for purposes of commerce, to foreign ships, residents and visitors. The project had been long incubating--frequently essayed, and as frequently defeated. The persistency of its seclusion, the almost ludicrous tenacity with which it was defended, had thrown a gleam of romance over the little Hermit Kingdom, and helped to invest it with an interest altogether disproportioned to what was known, or assumed, of its population or political importance. It may not be amiss, therefore, before 1 Written in July, 1884. the halo is altogether dispersed, to glance back at its early history and at the chain of events which eventually decided it to enter the modern political arena. There is always a disposition to invest the unknown with something of the marvellous, and Corea has come in for its fall share of curiosity and romantic legend. Horses three feet high, hens with tails three feet long, hills of pure silver, and kings buried in golden coffins, have been among the tales told of the remote peninsula. The rigidity of the seclusion of course made accurate information, regarding either the country or its inhabitants, difficult to obtain; and, although they can certainly not b...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. COEEA.1 By a combination of circumstances, not the least curious of which is that the weight of China was thrown i...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021718751X

ISBN - 13:9780217187510

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