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East WindChina and the British Left, 1925-1976$
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Tom Buchanan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570331.001.0001

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Introduction: Distance, narrative,and perception

Introduction: Distance, narrative,and perception

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(p.1) Introduction: Distance, narrative,and perception
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East Wind
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Tom Buchanan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570331.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides background and context for the remainder of the text, which is arranged by chronological chapters. There are three parts; the first examines the question of China's ‘distance’ from Britain, both geographically and in terms of cultural difference; the second focuses on three intellectuals (Bertrand Russell, RH Tawney and Joseph Needham) whose engagement with ‘The problem of China’ helped to shape the attitudes of the British left; the third section examines the pre-history of radical interest in China since the first Opium War of 1839–42. Although this was never a major feature of the politics of the left before the mid-1920s, left-wingers in the twentieth century were still able to ‘salvage’ a past from these earlier campaigns.

Keywords:   Needham, Russell, Tawney, Opium Wars, Hong Kong, Boxer Rebellion, Sun Yat-sen

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