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A Paradise LostThe Sacking

A Paradise Lost: The Sacking [The fall of the Yuanming Yuan to foreign invaders must be understood in the context of Sino-Western confrontations in the nineteenth century. Although the post-Opium War (1840–1842) treaty system had secured British commercial interests that neither Macartney nor Amherst had been able to obtain, Britain sought to expand her privileges on the China coast. On the other hand, the newly ascended Xianfeng Emperor, ashamed of losing to the British national interest, struggled to recover the Qing’s honor and was certainly not willing to yield more rights. The British demand for treaty revision, to acquire further concessions from China, thus met stubborn resistance and eventually led to the outbreak of the second Opium War and the burning of the magnificent Yuanming Yuan imperial garden.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A Paradise LostThe Sacking

Part of the China Academic Library Book Series
Springer Journals — Nov 26, 2016

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Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright
© Springer Science+Business Media Singapore and Foreign Language Teaching and Research Publishing Co., Ltd 2016
ISBN
978-981-10-1880-0
Pages
147 –176
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-1881-7_7
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The fall of the Yuanming Yuan to foreign invaders must be understood in the context of Sino-Western confrontations in the nineteenth century. Although the post-Opium War (1840–1842) treaty system had secured British commercial interests that neither Macartney nor Amherst had been able to obtain, Britain sought to expand her privileges on the China coast. On the other hand, the newly ascended Xianfeng Emperor, ashamed of losing to the British national interest, struggled to recover the Qing’s honor and was certainly not willing to yield more rights. The British demand for treaty revision, to acquire further concessions from China, thus met stubborn resistance and eventually led to the outbreak of the second Opium War and the burning of the magnificent Yuanming Yuan imperial garden.]

Published: Nov 26, 2016

Keywords: Peace Talk; Foreign Invader; Qing Government; Imperial Capital; East Gate

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