The Limits of the Shanghai Bridgehead: Understanding British Intervention in the Taiping Rebellion 1860–62

  title={The Limits of the Shanghai Bridgehead: Understanding British Intervention in the Taiping Rebellion 1860–62},
  author={Jonathan Chappell},
  journal={The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History},
  pages={533 - 550}
  • Jonathan Chappell
  • Published 3 July 2016
  • History, Economics
  • The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
ABSTRACT This article discusses the rationale behind British intervention in the Taiping civil war in China and the episode’s wider significance for understanding nineteenth-century British imperial expansion. I argue that the most productive way to understand the shape of the limited British intervention in the war is through analysing the relative strength of distinct bridgeheads of British interest in China. British interests in Shanghai grew rapidly in the Taiping period and helped to draw… 

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