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HIST30072 China & the World: Empire to Great Power: Rare books

Research guide designed to support students studying Chinese history in finding primary source material for their research essays.

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Selected rare material in Special Collections

Special Collections has a small number of 18th and19th century books written by some early foreign travelers from the West, e.g. early missionaries, explorers and British diplomatic personnel. The following list of books should provide a good starting point for finding rare books related to China and its place in the modern world.