Introduction
in Britain in China
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book examines the nature of that presence, particularly the semi-autonomous status of the settler communities on the China coast. It identifies the processes by which Sino-British relations were brought under the control of the British state by 1943. The book offers an analysis of the creation and maintenance of the new identities acquired by Britons in China. It argues that the problems faced by the British state in China stemmed from the pseudo-colonial presence. The book concerns with identifying both the singularity of Britain in China and at the same time the incorporation of 'China' into Britain-abroad. It focuses on the structure and workings of the establishment in the decades before the Pacific War. The book also examines the formation of British settler societies and British settler mentalities.

Britain in China

Community, culture and colonialism 1900-1949

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