a short history of china an account for the general reader of an ancient empire

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Excerpt from the book: “This book, which I may be pardoned for saying is not an abridgment of my original work, but entirely re-written and re-arranged with the view of giving prominence to the modern history of the Chinese Empire, may appeal, although they generally treat Asiatic subjects with regrettable indifference, to that wider circle of English readers on whose opinion and efforts the development of our political and commercial relations with the greatest of Oriental States will mainly depend. To the strictly historical narrative I have, at the suggestion of several competent authorities, added, by the courteous permission of the Times, the description I wrote in 1889 for that paper of the mode in which China is Governed”.
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