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A Dance with the Dragon : The Vanished World of Peking's Foreign Colony: Boyd, Julia: BOOKS KINOKUNIYA
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A Dance with the Dragon : The Vanished World of Peking's Foreign Colony
A Dance with the Dragon : The Vanished World of Peking's Foreign Colony
Publisher : I B Tauris & Co Ltd
Published Date : 2012/03
Binding : Hardcover
ISBN : 9781780760520

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Book Description
Source: ENG
Place of Publication: Great Britain
Academic Level: Undergraduate
Table of Contents
        List of plates                             viii
Acknowledgements                                   xi
Note on Chinese Spelling                           xiii
Prologue                                           xvi
    1 Boxers v. Barbarians                         1   (13)
    2 Clearing up                                  14  (13)
    3 Retrospect                                   27  (11)
    4 Imperial Sunset                              38  (16)
    5 Changing China                               54  (12)
    6 Republican Dreams                            66  (15)
    7 War                                          81  (13)
    8 Peking Joins Up                              94  (12)
    9 Professors and Prophets                      106 (15)
    10 Picnics and Ponies                          121 (14)
    11 Russians Red and White                      135 (15)
    12 Nanking Interlude                           150 (6)
    13 Dragon Bone Hunters                         156 (12)
    14 Gathering Menace                            168 (13)
    15 Last Days of Paradise                       181 (16)
    16 After the Party                             197 (13)
    17 End Game                                    210 (15)
Archival Sources                                   225 (2)
Notes                                              227 (20)
Selected Bibliography                              247 (8)
Index                                              255

With its fossil hunters and philosophers, diplomats, dropouts, writers and explorers, missionaries and refugees, Peking's foreign community in the early 20th century was as exotic as the city itself. Always a magnet for larger than life individuals, Peking attracted characters as diverse as Reginald Johnston (tutor to the last emperor), Bertrand Russell, Pierre Loti, Rabrindranath Tagore, Sven Hedin, Peter Fleming, Wallis Simpson and Cecil Lewis. The last great capital to remain untouched by the modern world, Peking both entranced and horrified its foreign residents. Ignoring the poverty outside their gates, they danced, played and squabbled among themselves, oblivious to the great political events that were to shape modern China unfolding around them. This is a dazzling portrait of an eclectic foreign community and of China itself.