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The Chan's Great Continent: China in Western Minds


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‘What does anyone here know of China?’ asked Macaulay in a rare confession of ignorance in the House of Commons in 1840. ‘Everything is covered by a veil, through which a glimpse of what is within may occasionally be caught, a glimpse just sufficient to set the imagination to work and more likely to mislead than to inform.’

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