Britons in China
A settler society
in Britain in China
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This chapter examines the communities which operated in China under the British flag in the treaty ports. It then looks at the recruitment and socialisation of recruits into treaty port society. The chapter also looks at the strategies employed to maintain social and sexual distance between Britons and Chinese, as well as the punishments handed out to transgressors. It outlines the 'imagining' of the treaty port community and in particular the identity, practices and beliefs of the settler society. For settlers, more than any other community, their local identity was paramount. Baghdadi Jews who called themselves Sephardic from Bombay in particular, identified themselves as British, but as Jews and as Asians they were doubly excluded by Britons. Britain in China, and Britons in China, swaggered at times as if they were a Raj in China.

Britain in China

Community, culture and colonialism 1900-1949


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