%PDF-1.3 1 0 obj << /Type /Catalog /Outlines 2 0 R /Pages 3 0 R >> endobj 2 0 obj << /Type /Outlines /Count 0 >> endobj 3 0 obj << /Type /Pages /Kids [6 0 R 14 0 R 19 0 R 27 0 R 44 0 R ] /Count 5 /Resources << /ProcSet 4 0 R /Font << /F1 8 0 R /F2 9 0 R /F3 10 0 R >> /XObject << /I1 11 0 R >> >> /MediaBox [0.000 0.000 595.280 841.890] >> endobj 4 0 obj [/PDF /Text /ImageC ] endobj 5 0 obj << /Creator (DOMPDF) /CreationDate (D:20140707232916+01'00') /ModDate (D:20140707232916+01'00') /Title (Passport to Peking: A Very British Mission to Mao's China) >> endobj 6 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Annots [ 12 0 R ] /Contents 7 0 R >> endobj 7 0 obj << /Length 4207 >> stream q 381.750 0 0 120.000 34.016 687.874 cm /I1 Do Q 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 34.016 676.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Published on )] TJ ET BT 99.356 676.469 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Reviews in History)] TJ ET BT 190.016 676.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( \()] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 rg BT 197.012 676.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews)] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 RG 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d 197.012 675.075 m 357.332 675.075 l S 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 357.332 676.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\))] TJ ET 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 0.75 w 0 J [ ] 0 d 34.391 653.743 526.499 1.500 re S BT 34.016 615.321 Td /F3 18.0 Tf [(Passport to Peking: A Very British Mission to Mao's China)] TJ ET BT 34.016 287.579 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(?When did the West first seek reconciliation with Communist China??, asks the blurb on the dust jacket of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 273.323 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Patrick Wright?s latest book, )] TJ ET BT 176.336 273.323 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Passport to Peking)] TJ ET BT 267.668 273.323 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(. ?Not through President Nixon?s well-known visit of 1972, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 259.067 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(but far earlier ? just five years after the People?s Republic was founded?? And so tantalizingly the stage is )] TJ ET BT 34.016 244.811 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(set for ?part travelogue, part political history, part social comedy?, as Wright tells the story of the eclectic )] TJ ET BT 34.016 230.555 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(cross-section of British political, artistic, and intellectual life who made their way to China in 1954 to take a )] TJ ET BT 34.016 216.299 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(peek for themselves behind the ?Bamboo Curtain?.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 190.043 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(As the author admits in the preface, ?the book is far more about post-war Britain and its inherited )] TJ ET BT 34.016 175.787 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(perspectives than it is about the reality of China, either now or then? \(xi\). The book is an attempt to ?explore )] TJ ET BT 34.016 161.531 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the historical relations between Britain and China, and, in particular, to review some of the ways in which )] TJ ET BT 34.016 147.275 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(China has figured as a land of contrast and otherness within the British imagination?. This reviewer is not )] TJ ET BT 34.016 133.019 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(entirely convinced he has succeeded in this task.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 106.763 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The book makes excellent use of diaries, journals, reminiscences, and oral interviews with those very few )] TJ ET BT 34.016 92.507 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(members of the three separate delegations \(or close acquaintances, such as former Labour leader Michael )] TJ ET BT 34.016 78.251 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Foot\) still alive when Wright was conducting the research for the book. The comedy derives from the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 63.995 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(juxtaposition of what may be as unlikely a group of travelling companions as one could possibly imagine; )] TJ ET BT 34.016 49.739 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(spread among three separate delegations they included the self-absorbed painter Stanley Spencer; communist )] TJ ET BT 34.016 584.699 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Review Number:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 570.443 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(1116)] TJ ET BT 34.016 556.187 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Publish date:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 541.931 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Monday, 1 August, 2011)] TJ ET BT 34.016 527.675 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Author:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 513.419 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Patrick Wright)] TJ ET BT 34.016 499.163 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(ISBN:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 484.907 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(9780199541935)] TJ ET BT 34.016 470.651 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Date of Publication:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 456.395 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(2010)] TJ ET BT 34.016 442.139 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Price:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 427.883 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(20.00)] TJ ET BT 34.016 413.627 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Pages:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 399.371 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(352pp.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 385.115 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Publisher:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 370.859 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Oxford University Press)] TJ ET BT 34.016 356.603 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Place of Publication:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 342.347 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Oxford)] TJ ET BT 34.016 328.091 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Reviewer:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 313.835 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Chris Connolly)] TJ ET endstream endobj 8 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F1 /BaseFont /Times-Roman /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 9 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F2 /BaseFont /Times-Italic /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 10 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F3 /BaseFont /Times-Bold /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 11 0 obj << /Type /XObject /Subtype /Image /Width 509 /Height 160 /Filter /FlateDecode /DecodeParms << /Predictor 15 /Colors 3 /Columns 509 /BitsPerComponent 8>> /Mask [ 255 255 255 255 255 255 ] /ColorSpace /DeviceRGB /BitsPerComponent 8 /Length 3280>> stream x[EQ㎦fVttҒ +3O{?lGDQԯDrB^.ϯ%~'0۠/2>0AG_>0j0GCfE67>rB^}@  !&y+r?INp:erc b8f=rQC!~-Wf^^zF[)G 2ޯe7V_Go3Ke GEGOo8rώ#\1ZY~N6^H}yLxS-!:412V+u\-LSO?xVvZ|GjǮT_8EYJF=Tw^ 7GxfN/S:Ʌ~ʟtt?5n÷J'JcF-GVξx{rO~tJd;#a\7}|~y'>}c2C vR}f׈**h.)_&@pfzjsx:5;S\vKhM5j=!Cn+h"u]a EUN]jn=k<,:Ք>sU!ni~6EJ)¦72?G}[y}_vc$t?iSܟ2Zݞ,VN?_`='RFK1A2qv&X_lLRWY'%:I㢖zb_UEx\>&ɆBˏ~K@ \gYØU4}$8Dv!'Q'*+Εj(UCGo[#< 2Ja(sZi9fZKE Rn`u\9r^Zmɯ׹}mstO4uc~#'jEvۼ Dx[z ޏQ4KL5,5u3>i^uÒ-53ba ~,~/pyt1fMU'CVm:qv~=Y'Es"WsφG?l_kN5}],Ow7 uh`xƫ?zMl7ٻv$A(4Dl(wwH} ?=[=S;yC]^BK>㕪9`Z'Wj;E|:bf>kCԘ#RY,iv쵗~}n'"1u" *uO΄/2^Sxr(!/DD\~mJyZ!MmrA!#u[if|99WB WΡpp}w}sh#,\ &:%˳X?D3 %W0cC?o̲^} F3XLVn]Cߖiϧ!7}yZJ#P7]=)7Ρp;>> Ye^xx{Oafw{ ;>4gfLt ʊ:q%#r/)pv!O4wGh|dS ӣݽހ-gVUC'pBxrB^} 7JA^} /'8!`:r?}}],X  }6y!`/~Br?}Q< >k7vx"] ,' .3jn{-i}|~%-};b6#U)7繎kiEw 㤳:E}[޼c"rꬊ7Dc$~"/Y&zSd:tFȌCrʙ`7u .#[-<)j ?TGS(j~oTup(hjU4PlJ=}|it.ҽ@\wʨuXÞZcx18Wo<~ikOg,ވ\^?EneyZcc0[R١z|zv7_m:_n]a?osS3~j^ hD.a_X'KfBX6w wݶ"Oa:,bvhrWH[uCF-Xfc}>x+Rz)2N-B 7y^٨;[/vg? | |2Sve}=o䑰j[vWjF0{굦?VI~}xM(_TlG__+]:#к?S} c>GŸD7 !w{S{B =x7a?oE#)+Gz:o_4Q<;n?\tt7?mGCџQGu4kņOF>F?#} hP&ђߴM#u!.СtL2^#o nIk_i.~7tr@n 1P~3?.[]=S5b߮~Yo^HFH YBi8a4iom>CKgMy*;?zqEӕ` >zB9iFzC?XF?ޟIܰ펉A}{I5ᄊx%ez#Mp@rߎpi]IOVjzuJt\۰f׺u5><,J~PTJp1)}){9N {!`/> endstream endobj 12 0 obj << /Type /Annot /Subtype /Link /A 13 0 R /Border [0 0 0] /H /I /Rect [ 197.0117 675.3895 357.3317 687.2695 ] >> endobj 13 0 obj << /Type /Action /S /URI /URI (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews) >> endobj 14 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Annots [ 17 0 R ] /Contents 15 0 R >> endobj 15 0 obj << /Length 7421 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 0.75 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 796.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(?artist-journalist? Paul Hogarth; Eurasian biologist and tree-lover Cedric Dover; Sinologue Edwin )] TJ ET BT 34.016 782.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Pulleyblank; philosopher A. J. Ayer; architect Sir Hugh Casson; Labour MP Barbara Castle; former Prime )] TJ ET BT 34.016 767.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Minister Clement Attlee and his Labour Party nemesis Anuerin Bevan; along with other figures of varying )] TJ ET BT 34.016 753.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(importance within the British Labour movement.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 727.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The book begins with a very brief sketch of the story of the rise to power of the Chinese Communist Party, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 713.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(set against the background of Britain?s complex relationship with a China divided between a brutal Japanese )] TJ ET BT 34.016 698.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(occupation in the east; the determined but ineffective Nationalist administration in the south-west; and the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 684.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(CCP-held ?Yanan? base area in the north-west. Against this background Wright describes the origins of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 670.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(some of his nouveaux Marco Polos? interest in and support for China?s struggles for national independence, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 656.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(before delving into an introduction to the ex-pat and diplomatic circuit that was to be found straggling )] TJ ET BT 34.016 641.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(behind in Beijing in the early 1950s after the Communist triumph in China?s Civil War. Via the ?anonymous )] TJ ET BT 34.016 627.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and humiliating limbo? \(p. 34\) of life as a foreigner in Beijing just after the foundation of ?New China? and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 613.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(a series of cameos and pastiches we are introduced to the history of Britain?s relations with China: the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 599.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(British consular mission ?in the Legation Quarter. Extending westward from the wall of the Tartar City??, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 584.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Lord Macartney, the Opium Wars, Lord Elgin and the sacking of the Summer Palace, the Boxers \(or more )] TJ ET BT 34.016 570.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(specifically the relief of the siege of the Legation Quarter which is given relatively extensive treatment\), and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 556.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the Warlord Era of the 1920s, which is introduced with a particular focus on the proliferation of Chinese )] TJ ET BT 34.016 542.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(antiques and antiquities, and the ease with which they were purloined or purchased before being whisked out )] TJ ET BT 34.016 527.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(of China. It is an oddly skewed depiction of Britain in China that would have benefitted from reference to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 513.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Robert Bickers? book of the same title.)] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 rg BT 221.660 513.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(1\))] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 RG 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d 221.660 512.211 m 235.652 512.211 l S 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 34.016 487.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(As previously noted, it is not a book about China at all. We are more than half-way through the work before )] TJ ET BT 34.016 473.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the first voyager \(Attlee\) arrives in China, having had to share the painful discomfiture of the travelling )] TJ ET BT 34.016 458.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(delegations? multiple-leg flights via Prague, Moscow, Siberia, and Mongolia, during which time we are )] TJ ET BT 34.016 444.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(treated to repetitive observations about the food, the hotels, the architecture, and in the case of alcoholic poet )] TJ ET BT 34.016 430.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Rex Warner, the availability \(or more precisely lack thereof\) of ?drink?. We are also at times given an )] TJ ET BT 34.016 416.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(amusing insight into the growing tensions and dissent within the various delegations, and of a growing )] TJ ET BT 34.016 401.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(frustration and dissatisfaction with the sterile and choreographed itineraries that were laid on for the visitors.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 375.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The book is certainly not without humour ? chiefly provided by the eccentric chief propagandist for the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 361.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Berkshire village of Cookham, Stanley Spencer, and the dipsomaniac Warner, though Sinologist and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 347.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Mandarin-speaker John Chinnery?s encounter with a Chinese peasant, who was pleased to note ?how similar )] TJ ET BT 34.016 332.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(were the English and Chinese languages? \(p. 466\) will certainly have a resonance with all students of the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 318.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Chinese language. That said, there is much within the book that those with more than a passing interest in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 304.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(China will find either disappointing or frustrating. There are a number of errors that should have been picked )] TJ ET BT 34.016 290.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(up at the editorial stage, such as the not infrequent misspelling of Chinese names.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 263.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(More grievously from a historian?s perspective, there are a number of significant factual errors, among )] TJ ET BT 34.016 249.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(which I will draw attention to the more obvious. The Xian Incident is given as December 1937 \(p. 67\), )] TJ ET BT 34.016 235.253 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(though later correctly dated to 1936 \(p. 218\); side-by-side photographs of Georgian and Uzbek farmers are )] TJ ET BT 34.016 220.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(clearly mislabelled \(pp. 152?3\); although the author admits that the Long March was ?an alleged \(and still )] TJ ET BT 34.016 206.741 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(disputed\) 8,000 miles?, \(p. 214\), four pages later the dispute has reduced it to ?a course of 6,000 miles to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 192.485 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Shensi? \(p. 218\). Ho Chi Minh?s Viet Minh is introduced as the Communist League for the Independence of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 178.229 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Vietnam \(p. 8\) \(and indexed as such\), when of course the word ?Communist? was not in its name, and there )] TJ ET BT 34.016 163.973 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(were a great many non-communists among its number. Such was the efficiency of the Geneva Conference, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 149.717 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(?Convened on 26 April?, that despite ?moments of deadlock ? then came concessions that made possible the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 135.461 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(declaration issued on 27 April? [one can only assume the author is referring to the 21 July 1954 Final )] TJ ET BT 34.016 121.205 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Declarations], despite it stating on the same page that ?The second phase, concerned with the Indo-China )] TJ ET BT 34.016 106.949 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(War, opened a day after the catastrophic fall of the French garrison at the long-beleaguered fortress at Dien )] TJ ET BT 34.016 92.693 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Bien Phu on 7 May? \(p. 106\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 66.437 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(This speaks to a more fundamental problem with the book ? the Cold War background against which it takes )] TJ ET BT 34.016 52.181 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(place, the significance of which is given in the introduction but which never fully emerges throughout the )] TJ ET endstream endobj 16 0 obj [14 0 R /Fit] endobj 17 0 obj << /Type /Annot /Subtype /Link /A 18 0 R /Border [0 0 0] /H /I /Rect [ 221.6597 512.5255 235.6517 524.4055 ] >> endobj 18 0 obj << /Type /Action >> endobj 19 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Annots [ 22 0 R 25 0 R ] /Contents 20 0 R >> endobj 20 0 obj << /Length 5903 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.000 0.000 0.800 RG 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 796.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(body of the text with the importance which this reviewer feels is necessary. Attention is given to the context )] TJ ET BT 34.016 782.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(of these visits in the aftermath of the 1954 Geneva Conference \(which, according to the author ?may not )] TJ ET BT 34.016 767.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(feature as much more than a footnote in the Cold War histories of our time? \(p. ix\) ? not a categorization I )] TJ ET BT 34.016 753.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(suspect many Cold War scholars of East Asia would agree with\), but not the bigger Cold War picture. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 739.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(America and Britain had been brought into conflict with the newly-founded People?s Republic ?when Kim )] TJ ET BT 34.016 725.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Il Sung?s Soviet-backed North Korean army advanced across the 38th Parallel? \(p. 13\). What of China?s )] TJ ET BT 34.016 710.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(much more crucial role? On the same page we are told ?The Korean War was joined by America together )] TJ ET BT 34.016 696.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(with Britain and other Western allies, whose intervention on the side of South Korea was sanctioned by a )] TJ ET BT 34.016 682.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(resolution of the United Nations Security Council?. Surely the absence of the veto-wielding Soviet )] TJ ET BT 34.016 668.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(ambassador who was boycotting the UN in protest at the refusal to seat the People?s Republic in the Chinese )] TJ ET BT 34.016 653.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(seat is worthy of mention, if just to help explain the context that made the post-Geneva ?charm offensive? )] TJ ET BT 34.016 639.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(necessary? Similarly we are told that ?The People?s Republic of China entered the conflict on Kim Il Sung?s )] TJ ET BT 34.016 625.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(side at the end of October? \(p. 13\), without any reference to the American advance on the Chinese border, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 611.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Beijing?s warnings about the consequences of such an a provocation, and the MacArthur imbroglio it )] TJ ET BT 34.016 596.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(precipitated. Likewise, the account given by Wright of Zhou Enlai?s role and performance in the Geneva )] TJ ET BT 34.016 582.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Conference \(the chapter title is ?Chou En-lai?s Winning Smile?\) is without reference to two pivotal works of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 568.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the revisionist ?New Cold War History? that were published almost a decade ago ? Chen Jian?s )] TJ ET BT 495.932 568.373 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Mao?s )] TJ ET BT 34.016 554.117 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(China and the Cold War)] TJ ET BT 152.024 554.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(, and Qiang Zhai?s )] TJ ET BT 245.672 554.117 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(China and the Vietnam Wars)] TJ ET BT 385.004 554.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(.)] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 rg BT 388.004 554.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(2\))] TJ ET 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d 388.004 552.723 m 401.996 552.723 l S 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 401.996 554.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( The trend over the past decade )] TJ ET BT 34.016 539.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(has most definitely been one away from viewing the Viet Minh as ?highly reluctant to accept the division of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 525.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Vietnam? \(p. 108\), and a China that ?sacrificed the Viet Minh? \(p.109\).)] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 rg BT 377.612 525.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(3\))] TJ ET 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d 377.612 524.211 m 391.604 524.211 l S 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 34.016 499.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(This may appear like nit-picking, but to this reader, given the Cold War backdrop that is central to the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 485.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(narrative of the book, the events that produced the image of the ?Bamboo Curtain? through which the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 470.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(delegates were trying to peek, and which gave rise to the 1954?5 people-to-people diplomacy and charm )] TJ ET BT 34.016 456.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(offensive that followed the death of Stalin the subsequent Soviet ?peace offensive? \(both unmentioned\) are )] TJ ET BT 34.016 442.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(vital if a lay reader is to truly get a sense of the political environment in which the British visitors were )] TJ ET BT 34.016 428.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(operating. Indeed, startling in its absence is any reference to the first Taiwan Straits Crisis ? taking the world )] TJ ET BT 34.016 413.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(closer to nuclear war than it had ever been ? which was ongoing while two of the delegations were in China.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 387.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(However, given that the book is ostensibly about ?post-war Britain and its inherited perspectives? \(p. xi\), our )] TJ ET BT 34.016 373.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(attention must turn to this area. Wright gives over considerable space to the frequently improbable )] TJ ET BT 34.016 359.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(comparisons made by these visitors to China \(and indeed previous ones, such as Joseph Needham on his first )] TJ ET BT 34.016 344.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(trip in 1943\) who found so much in China ?strangely familiar?. This seems to be one of the core themes in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 330.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Wright?s book: the China of the imagination of these 1950s Britons was always being brought home to what )] TJ ET BT 34.016 316.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(also appears to be a fairly idealized vision of England. However, it strikes this reader that there is nothing )] TJ ET BT 34.016 302.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(particularly British or unique to that era or China in the human desire to find the familiar among the strange, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 287.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(however quixotic the vision of islets in a flooded Yangzi river being like raisins in caramel custard may be )] TJ ET BT 34.016 273.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(p. 418\).)] TJ ET endstream endobj 21 0 obj [19 0 R /Fit] endobj 22 0 obj << /Type /Annot /Subtype /Link /A 23 0 R /Border [0 0 0] /H /I /Rect [ 388.0037 553.0375 401.9957 564.9175 ] >> endobj 23 0 obj << /Type /Action >> endobj 24 0 obj [19 0 R /Fit] endobj 25 0 obj << /Type /Annot /Subtype /Link /A 26 0 R /Border [0 0 0] /H /I /Rect [ 377.6117 524.5255 391.6037 536.4055 ] >> endobj 26 0 obj << /Type /Action >> endobj 27 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Annots [ 30 0 R 32 0 R 34 0 R 36 0 R 38 0 R 40 0 R 42 0 R ] /Contents 28 0 R >> endobj 28 0 obj << /Length 7808 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.000 0.000 0.800 RG 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 784.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The book offers nonetheless tantalizing glimpses onto a Britain undergoing dramatic change from the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 770.213 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Austerity Britain)] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 rg BT 117.356 770.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(4\))] TJ ET 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d 117.356 768.819 m 131.348 768.819 l S 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 131.348 770.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( of the immediate post-war era and its transformative Labour government under Attlee, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 755.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(to the Conservative-dominated 1950s, during which time Britain wrestled with its decline on the world )] TJ ET BT 34.016 741.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(stage, epitomized by the 1956 Suez Crisis. 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Here too exists what strikes this reader as the core of another very fine book on its own.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 432.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(And this is the nub of the issue for this reader: while offering rich and at times amusing cameos of a range of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 418.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(early 1950s British figures on their arduous ?journeys of peace?, the overly broad scope results in a )] TJ ET BT 34.016 404.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(dissatisfying scatter-gun approach that neither fully illuminates as brightly as it might 1950s Britain, the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 389.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(British left, the Cold War, nor China. Worse than that, however, by relying on the depictions of this group of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 375.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(visitors, caught up in the hope of post-Geneva ?peaceful coexistence?, Wright runs the risk of, in fact, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 361.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(perpetuating their misconceptions and imaginings of China \(though it should be noted that they cast a )] TJ ET BT 34.016 347.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(sceptical eye on what they saw and several ? Nye Bevan in particular ? were unafraid to challenge their )] TJ ET BT 34.016 332.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Chinese hosts\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 306.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The result is a book that offers little to engage the specialist, but which has a subtlety, humour and sympathy )] TJ ET BT 34.016 292.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(that will appeal perhaps to a lay reader of a certain vintage from the Home Counties who has an interest in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 278.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(art. Someone not unlike Stanley Spencer perhaps.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 243.123 Td /F3 18.0 Tf [(Notes)] TJ ET BT 48.816 212.506 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(1.)] TJ ET BT 64.016 212.501 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Robert Bickers, )] TJ ET BT 142.340 212.501 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Britain in China, )] TJ ET BT 227.024 212.501 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Community, Culture and Colonialism, 1900-49)] TJ ET BT 453.704 212.501 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(, )] TJ ET BT 459.704 212.501 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(Manchester, 1999\).)] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 rg BT 64.016 198.245 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Back to \(1\))] TJ ET 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d 64.016 196.851 m 118.004 196.851 l S 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 48.816 183.994 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(2.)] TJ ET BT 64.016 183.989 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Chen Jian, )] TJ ET BT 117.680 183.989 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Mao?s China and the Cold War)] TJ ET BT 271.352 183.989 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(, \(Chapel Hill, NC, 2001\); Qiang Zhai, \(Chapel Hill, NC, )] TJ ET BT 64.016 169.733 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(2000\).)] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 rg BT 95.012 169.733 Td 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