Aeneas Anderson in China A Narrative Of The Ill-fated Macartney Embassy 1792-94, by Wood, Frances
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- ISBN: 9789888552450 | 9888552457
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 1/1/2020
Lord Macartney’s mission to open up China in 1792 failed, but it did give the Western world its first glimpse of the secretive Middle Kingdom through the memoirs written by eight different members of the embassy. The most lively and accessible of the books was written by Aeneas Anderson, Lord Macartney’s valet. China scholar Frances Wood introduces Anderson’s account of the two-year adventure, which make clear that the valet was seeing far more of China than his master was. His descriptions of life in China and Manchuria in the late 18th century are a hugely valuable and very readable resource, and Frances Wood is as insightful as always.