More About Sir Robert Hart
Irishman Sir Robert Hart was the Inspector General of China’s Imperial Maritime Customs from 1863 to 1911. An employee of China’s ruling Qing dynasty, he played a crucial role in the economic development of the country and in its interaction with foreign powers.
He was a man who bridged the British and Chinese worlds both professionally and privately. Hart had two families: his wife Hester and their three children, but also, from an earlier relationship with a Chinese woman, Ayao, three children whom Hart had educated in Britain. For China and The World explores the personal and political conflicts that motivated one of the most important foreign figures in Chinese history.