The Influences of Western Civilization in China. A Lecture Delivered Before the Stamford Lyceum by R. W. Shufeldt, U.S.N., Lately in Command of U.S.S. Wachusett (Asiatic Squadron)

Stamford: Wm. W. Gillespie & Co., Steam Printers, 1868. Original printed wrappers. Octavo. 36 pages. Printed wrappers over sewn binding. Some minor surface soil, a few extremity chips, and a shallow faint tide mark to the fore edge of most leaves. Small chip to front cover at bottom of upper joint.

Shufeldt was on station with the Asiatic Squadron of the U.S. Navy in the mid-1860s. This lecture presents his first-hand observations, which cover the opium trade, the export of Chinese laborers, piracy, gambling, the work of Christian missions, and more.

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Shufeldt went on to a distinguished career. He made Captain in 1869, and then had command of the Tehuantepec and Nicaraguan canal surveying expeditions of 1870-71. He was a skilled diplomat as well, and negotiated the treaty that opened Korea to Western trade in 1882.

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