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Friends of Sir Robert Hart free pdf Sir Robert Hart, Inspector-General of the Chinese Imperial Customs, 1863-1908 had a hectic career in the service of the declining Qing dynasty. It ruined his family life, but his friendship with three generations of Carrall women partially relieved his loneliness. A cannon ball just missed Emma in 1854, allowing her to meet Hart in 1858 and to ask for a Customs post for her son, Jim Carrall. Jim and his wife Frances survived a horrific French attack on Fuzhou in 1884 and their daughters visited Hart in Peking just before the Boxer rebellion of 1900. Letters, diaries, and over seventy photographs bring nineteenth-century expatriate China vividly to life. Tiffen has the sort of family that many of us wish we had - interesting relatives with singular names doing remarkable things at auspicious times and in exotic places. Robert Nield, President of the Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society A cracking tale of expatriate life, rich in detail, as bold, bright women far from home pushed against the onerous restrictions imposed by Victorian notions of femininity. But the greatest joy of this book lies in what it shows us about relationships between Victorian men and women. We see them as spouses, as lovers, but most refreshingly, as friends- and the core of the book lies in the deep emotional connection between Hart and three generations of Carrall women.' Emma Reisz, Lecturer in Asian History, Queen's University Belfast. The letters to and from the Carralls and Hart, and their diaries, reveal much that is new and important about the private life of a public figure which included a hidden Chinese family, as well as the expatriate women and girls whom he nurtured and who in turn gave him comfort in his driven loneliness. Susanna Hoe, author of Women at the Siege: Peking 1900

About Mary Tiffen

MARY TIFFEN read history at Cambridge University, but after a Ph.D at the London School of Economics, made her main career in examining the social and economic aspects of agricultural change in Africa and the Middle East. She is best known as the leader of a team examining change in Machakos District, Kenya, 1930 to 1990. The resulting book, with its then and now photographs, showed the change from degraded almost treeless land to carefully cultivated terraces as population grew sixfold. It helped change thinking on the relationship between population growth, poverty, and environmental degradation - see www.drylandsresearch.co.uk In this retirement work she examines her own family background, and found a fascinating story of her connection over three maternal generations with an outstanding Ulster man who was head of the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs from 1863 to 1908. Mary Tiffen is married to Dr. Brian Tiffen, and they have two children and five grandchildren. Her main previous books are: Mary Tiffen, The Enterprising Peasant: A Study of Economic Development in Gombe Emirate, North Eastern State, Nigeria, 1900-1968. HMSO, London, 1976. Mary Tiffen, Michael Mortimore. and Frances Gichuki, More People, Less Erosion: Environmental Recovery in Kenya. John Wiley, Chichester, 1994.

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Author : Mary Tiffen
Publisher : Tiffania Books
Data Published : 16 April 2012
ISBN : 0957035306
EAN : 9780957035300
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 388 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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