Lord Amherst's Embassy to the Jiaqing Emperor, 1816

Caroline Moira Stevenson
The Amherst Embassy to the Qing court in 1816 remains little researched in comparison with the earlier Macartney Embassy (1792-94). This dissertation offers the first comprehensive account of the Embassy and reassesses its importance for Anglo-Chinese relations in the period before the First Opium War of 1839-42. It addresses why the British thought the Amherst Embassy would succeed where the Macartney Embassy had failed and how the latter’s legacy led the British to misjudge the...
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