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Synopsis: In 1857 Laurence Oliphant (1829–88), lawyer, journalist, diplomat and sometime spy, later Liberal MP, satirical novelist, and, for a time, adherent of the religious mystic Thomas Harris, became private secretary to Lord Elgin (1811–63), accompanying him to China, and thence to Japan, on a mission to protect and extend British trading interests in the region. Oliphant's 1859 account of the trip was published in two volumes. Volume 1 deals with the events of the Second Opium War, and Volume 2 with the negotiation of the Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Yedo, and the legalisation of the Chinese opium trade. The work is a mixture of travel narrative - Oliphant had previously written about his travels in the Crimea (also reissued in this series) - and political analysis. It provides both an informative account of the war from a privileged vantage point and a window upon Oliphant's colourful career.
Book Description: In 1857 Laurence Oliphant (1829–88), lawyer, journalist, diplomat, and sometime spy, became private secretary to Lord Elgin, accompanying him on a diplomatic mission to Japan and China, aimed at extended British trading interests. His 1859 account provides a highly informative analysis of the negotiations from a privileged vantage point.
Title: Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission to ...
Publication Date: 2009
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Cambridge University Press 2012-04-26, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # NU-CUP-00053709
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Book Description 2012. 2 Paperback books. Condition: NEW. 9781108045841 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. For all enquiries, please contact Herb Tandree Philosophy Books directly - customer service is our primary goal. Seller Inventory # HTANDREE0495211
Book Description Cambridge University Press, 2012. 2 Paperback books. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 1080 pages. In Stock. Seller Inventory # __1108045847