National University of Singapore
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year:2003
Online Publication Date:September 2009
Subjects: Regional history after 1500
Wang Gungwu's study of the relationship between China and the Chinese with imperial Britain examines the possibilities, as well as the limits of their encounters. Beyond the clichés of opium, fighting, and the diplomatic skills needed to fend off rivals and enemies, Gungwu probes areas of more intimate encounters, not least of which is the beginning of a broader English-speaking future between the two countries.