Britain and China, 1840-1970: Empire, Finance and War

In 2015 Benjamin contributed a chapter to the Routledge collection Britain and China, 1840-1970: Empire, Finance and War edited by Professor Robert Bickers (Bristol) and Dr Jonathan Howlett (York).

This book presents a range of new research on British-Chinese relations in the period from Britain’s first imperial intervention in China up to the 1960s. Topics covered include economic issues such as finance, investment and Chinese labour in British territories, questions of perceptions on both sides, such as British worries about, and exaggeration of, the ‘China threat’, including to India, and British aggression towards, and eventual withdrawal from, China.

Ben's chapter 'The Interest of our colonies seems to have been largely overlooked: colonial Australia and Anglo-Chinese relations', considers the importance of Australian attitudes to China in influencing diplomatic relations between Victorian Britain and late-Qing China.