Book Review-‘The Royal Navy, China Station: 1861–1941’ by J. Parkinson

By Howard J. Fuller, published December 2020


Subtitled ‘A History as seen through the careers of the Commanders in Chief’, this important new work notes that it was not until April 1864 that China was noted for the first time as a separate station from its prior connection to East India. By then Britain had fought and won its two ‘Opium’ wars against imperial China, while tensions with isolationist Japan had broken out the year before over control of the Shimonoseki Straits, with British warships also bombarding Kagoshima (August 1863)…

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

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