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The Treaty With China, its Provisions Explained   By: (1835-1911)

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The Treaty With China, its Provisions Explained by Mark Twain is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the intricacies and consequences of the treaty that shaped the relationship between China and the United States. In this book, renowned author Mark Twain offers a concise and informative analysis that sheds light on the provisions outlined in the treaty.

One of the most striking aspects of Twain's work is his ability to present complex information in a clear and accessible manner. Through his engaging writing style, he succeeds in capturing the reader's attention from the very beginning. Moreover, Twain skillfully navigates the technical language of the treaty, ensuring that readers without a legal background can fully comprehend its implications.

Furthermore, this book provides valuable historical context, allowing readers to grasp the motivations and interests that shaped the treaty. Twain delves into the political and economic factors that influenced the negotiation of the treaty, as well as the prevailing attitudes towards China during that time. By doing so, he deepens our appreciation of the overall significance of the treaty and its long-lasting impact on Sino-American relations.

Throughout the book, Twain offers nuanced insights and commentary, presenting a balanced perspective even when discussing contentious provisions. He dissects the different provisions of the treaty with precision, highlighting their implications for both nations involved. His analysis encompasses topics ranging from trade regulations and tariffs to extraterritoriality and immigration policies. Twain's ability to engage with these diverse topics demonstrates his impressive command over historical, economic, and legal matters.

Moreover, the book incorporates comparison between Chinese traditions and American customs, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the cultural disparities that influenced the negotiation process. Twain's observations are insightful, and his humor shines through as he navigates the complexities of these cultural differences. His wit adds a delightful touch to an otherwise technical and dry subject matter.

Overall, Mark Twain's The Treaty With China, its Provisions Explained is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to explore the historical significance and consequences of the treaty between China and the United States. Twain's mastery of both storytelling and analysis makes this book an enjoyable and informative read. It not only enlightens readers about the intricacies of the treaty but also provides a fascinating glimpse into the political and cultural dynamics of a critical period in international relations.

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New York Tribune, Tuesday, August 28, 1868

Every one has read the treaty which has just been concluded between the United States and China. Everyone has read it, but in it there are expressions which not every one understands. There are clauses which seem vague, other clauses which seem almost unnecessary, and still others which bear the flavor of "surplusage," to speak in legal phrase. The most careful reading of the document will leave these impressions that is, unless one comprehends the past and present condition of foreign intercourse with China in which case it will be seen at once that there is no word in the treaty without a meaning, and no clause in it but was dictated by a present need or a wise policy looking to the future. It will interest many of your readers to know why this, that, and the other provision was incorporated in the treaty; it will interest others to know in what manner and to what extent the treaty will affect our existing relations with China. Apart from its grave importance, the subject is really as entertaining as any I know of and asking pardon for the presumption I desire to write a few paragraphs upon it. We made a treaty with China in 1858; Mr. Burlingame's new treaty is an addition to that one, and an amplification of its powers... Continue reading book >>

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