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Clarence Edward Dutton manuscript

 Collection — Box: BW-11
Identifier: MS-0546

Scope and Contents

In this corrected typescript Dutton uses "official publications ... being usually selections of foreign office correspondence" to describe the political issues in China in terms of the late 19th century imperialistic rivalries among England, France, Germany, and Russia. His conclusion is that Russia, while not the strongest power, sets the tone in China by what Russia does or does not do, the other continental powers then reacting to Russia's initiatives.

Individual chapter headings are (with numbers of pages in parenthesis): Ch.1, Introductory (29); Ch. 2, Russian Social Organization and Forces (34); Ch. 3, Muravieff Amurski (29); Ch. 4, Russia in Central Asia (36); Ch. 5, Industrial Russia (30); Ch. 6, English Imperial Policy (37); Ch. 7, British Colonial Administration (38); Ch. 8, England in China (48); Ch. 9, German Imperialism (29); Ch. 10, Pan Germanism (36); Ch. 11, German Expansion (28); Ch. 12, French Imperial Expansion (34); Ch. 13, Conquest of Indo-China (31); Ch. 14, French Administration of Indo-China (36); Ch. 15, Korea and Japan (26); Ch. 16, Post Bellum (34); Ch. 17, Chinese Maritime Customs (28); Ch. 18, Helpless China (36); Ch. 19, Railway Concessions (36); Ch. 20, France in Southwest China; Ch. 21, Conclusion (28).


  • Creation: 1903


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Biographical / Historical

Clarence Edward Dutton (1841-1912), a graduate of Yale, is best known for his "Tertiary History of the Grand Canyon District" (1882), but he was also the author of "Report on the Geology of the High Plateau of Utah" (1879-80); "Mount Taylor and the Zuni Plateau" (1886); and "Earthquakes in the Light of the New Seismology" (1904). He also wrote on subjects other than geology, including "The Principles of Gun Construction" (1872); "The Silver Question" (1880); "The Hawaiian Islands and Her People" (1884); "Money Fallacies" (1891); and "The Relation of Science to the Useful Arts" (1892).


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Language of Materials



This collection consists of an unpublished typescript with hand-written corrections of a manuscript entitled "China and Western Imperialism: a study of the motive forces of modern empires." It was written in Englewood, New Jersey, and dated 1903.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased in 2005.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in December 2010 by Kelly Spring.

Guide to the Clarence Edward Dutton manuscript
Kelly Spring
2010 December
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