Sketches Of China (volume 2); Partly During An Inland Journey Of Four Months, Between Peking…

Paperback | January 10, 2012

byJohn Francis Davis

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1841. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIII. Invasion of Burmese empire--Retreat of Chinese cut off-- Entirely defeated by Burmese--Survivors made slavesReligious inviolability of northern frontier--Military system and wars of the Chinese--Fortified places--Assistance of Europeans--Conquest by Manchows--Caused by internal division--Shorter reign of Mongols--Chinese navy--Structure of junks--Fights with Ladrones--Present circumstances favourable to their revival. The moral power and influence of the Chinese empire over the surrounding nations may be viewed as a standing miracle, in connexion with the real weakness and inefficiency of its military institutions. Nor have signal instances been wanting where this weakness and inefficiency have been betrayed in a manner that might have seemed calculated to dispel the illusion which for centuries has protected the country from foreign aggression. Major Symes, in his 'Embassy to Burma,' has given a correct account of the defeat and destruction of a numerous Chinese army in the latter part of the past century. That ambitious and arrogant government (as Symes observes) had planned the subjugation of the Burmese, intending to add the dominion of the Irawaddy, and the fertile plains of Mien-tien,* to their empire, already stretched beyond the limits to which any government can solidly extend the force of restrictive authority. In the beginning of the year 1767 the governor of the Burmese province bordering on Yunnan, sent intimation to the golden-footed monarch, that a Chinese army was advancing from the frontier, and had already passed the mountains that divide the two countries. This intelligence was no sooner communicated than it was confirmed by the actual invasion. The Chinese forces, computed at 50,000 men, advanced by unremitted marches. Leaving ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1841. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIII. Invasion of Burmese empire--Retreat of Chinese cut off-- Entirely defeated by Burmese--Survivors made slavesReligious ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217793371

ISBN - 13:9780217793377

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