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Britain, China, and Colonial Australia

Benjamin Mountford


Towards the end of the nineteenth century the British Empire was confronted by two great Chinese questions. The first of these questions (often known as the ‘Far Eastern question’ to contemporaries) related specifically to the maintenance of British interests on the China coast and the broader implications for British foreign policy in East Asia. While safeguarding British interests in the Far East presented British policymakers with a range of significant challenges, as they wrestled with this first Chinese question, another kept knocking at the door. Since the eighteenth century, when plans ... More

Keywords: Australian history, Chinese–Australian history, British imperial history, China–Australia relations, Pacific history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198790549
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790549.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Mountford, author
Research Fellow and Lecturer, Federation University Australia