蒲安臣使团研究 Study on the Anson Burlingame Mission

Author: 闵锐武
Source: 中国图书馆
Origin: Only the first 24 pages can be viewed at
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Content:
The Anson Burlingame Mission was the first Chinese diplomatic mission to the western nations in modern Chinese history.Led by Ansonia Burlingame,the just retired US envoy to China and also a bosom friend of the former US president Abraham Lincoln,the mission visited US,Britain,France,Prussia,Russia and other western countries that had treaty relations with China from Feb.1868 to Oct.1870. During the visit the mission signed the first equal treaty since the Opium War with US government,the so-called “Anson Burlingame Treaty”. Through negotiations,the United States,British and Prussian Governments declared for the first time that they respected the sovereignty of China,and that they would solve the conflicts with China by means of diplomatic talks but not by gunship. Of course,it was only an empty promise,nevertheless,it was better than the past military threats. So we can say that the mission played a positive role in modern diplomatic history of China.
This dissertation gave a careful and thorough study of the Mission on the basis of the historical materials at home and abroad,as well as the related articles and works. It was the first complete study on the Anson Burlingame Mission in mainland China,and the writer of the dissertation thinks that the Mission was the symbol of the turning for Chinese diplomacy from the tributary system to treaty system,therefore it was an important step in the process of the modernization of China diplomacy in late 19th century.

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