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Discord in Mengtze

Isidore Cyril Cannon

in Public Success, Private Sorrow

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099616
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207301 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099616.003.0010
Discord in Mengtze

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Compared to experiences in Shanghai, Mengtze proved to be in great contrast for Brewitt-Taylor (B-T). Although the experience served as a chaotic testing point for B-T and his wife, it helped B-T's reputation. In 1906, when B-T moved to Mengtze, the region felt various consequences from the Boxer collapse and the foreign settlements. Although China had to go through administrative change, the Customs Service proved to be unaffected. The Waiwupu, or the Foreign Affairs Department, replaced the Tsungli Yamen, which had previously been in charge of matters regarding the ICMC. In attempts at eradicating a dependence on foreigners, a special commission was assigned to manage the Customs. This chapter aims to examine some of the events B-T saw at Mengtze and how B-T's responsibilities were time-consuming.

Keywords: Shanghai; Mengtze; Tsungli Yamen; Customs Service; Waiwupu; Foreign Affairs department; foreign settlements; Boxer collapse

Chapter.  5985 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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