James Hevia Book Review

James Hevia Book Review - James Hevia pioneered the...

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by Great Britain, a colonizing culture that distorted the true experience and realities of the colonized Chinese people (Brock University). The British Empire’s relation with China (while under the Qing dynasty) was only a small part of its total intention of colonizing Asia. It seemed like Britain was anxious to tap into the Celestial Empire, however they were not as structured in their military involvement as they were in India. Imperialism is viewed as a cultural process that “strove to achieve while not actually realizing domination” (Hevia 2003, 26). Hevia composed the book in three parts; the second Opium War, the English change in its cultural undertaking, and the Boxer Rebellion of the early twentieth century . Their first conflicts with the Qing dynasty were when the British Invasion led to the first and second Opium Wars. Britain did not seem interested in establishing a full colonial rule over China, so from this the question arises as to what exactly Britain had in mind while dealing with the Qing. James Hevia believed that the British were probably drawn to China out of interest in trade and commerce; however, this led to their desire to teach the Chinese a “lesson”. They were going to force the Chinese to accept Western forms of civilization; thus, the title of the book “English Lessons”. These lessons ranged from the violence of the war and the treaty making, to the looting and sale of precious Chinese artifacts, to the creation of an imperial archive of supposed “truths” about the Chinese race. There were four components to the total British invasion into the Chinese culture. The first was the effect of trade. The British estate engorged after Opium trading added to their profits and allowed them to open up interior markets (countering the wishes of the Qing elite). The trade also spread smuggling, piracy, and addiction. It caused many
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2008 for the course HIST 3433 taught by Professor Pidhainy during the Fall '07 term at Oklahoma State.

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