Foreign Military In China Pre Ww2

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    Is anyone out there interested in topics such as

    Foreign military in Shanghai and the other treaty ports pre WW2 ?
    Shanghai Volunteer Corps ?
    UK and other warships on Yangzte ?
    1911 revolution conflict especially around Chongqing ?

    etc

    If so I'd be interested to chat and compare notes. I am Brit working in Shanghai now and am doing some research on these topics as time allows.

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    Graham
     
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    I personally like the story of the Boxer Rebellion. Very interesting.
     
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    Ah, the Boxer Rebellion. What could be considered the Chinese version of the Zulu War.

    Dont forget the Opium Wars now either. Or were those somewhere else...
     
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    Yeah sure :) ...but both the Boxer and the Opium have been covered fairly extensively by historians which is why I am more "into" the other stuff.

    The Beijing Military Museum displays on the Opium Wars are rather intriguing to look at as a Brit - always good to "see ourselves as others see us" :).
     
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    Quite outrageous nowadays looking back at a nation starting a conflict over a drug trade isn't it? :p
     
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    Well a lot of things were different then. For one thing the use of opium in Europe wasn't considered bad, so no one saw the problem with selling it. Having empires was not frowned upon, it was considered the "in thing".

    I wonder if in 150 years time people will decry our exploitation of the environment, for example. Not to mention the vast global arms trade, etc.
     
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    It's what I meant. Looking back and seeing what they considered ok and stuff.
     
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    I think American forces were in China from the start of WWI.
     
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    Yes indeed - US Marines in Shanghai defending US business interests there.
     
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    Grahamsh, I was just wondering about foreign navies in China during this period in general. I know that Germany had an East Asiatic Squadron pre-WWI, and England did as well, and that there were lots of foreign gunboats on China's main rivers, but I was wondering if you could hook me up with some sweet info and tell me a little about the naval situation in China, both at sea and on the rivers, during this time. Please?:)
     
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