Monthly Archives: September 2012

Beijing of Dreams website archives old photos of Beijing

The new Beijing of Dreams website photo archive is a fine collection to place together with the work of John Thompson and Felice Beato (photogs in China during the mid-1860s). The images were “scanned in high resolution and where necessary digitally enhanced,” and they are … Continue reading

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Flay the Plaintiff, Fleece the Defendant – Law in Old China

Old China had a draconian solution for reducing litigation – torture everyone concerned, plaintiff or defendant, or extort silver from the litigants in place of torture. Rather than have their toes and fingers squeezed between blocks of hard wood, or kneel on … Continue reading

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Reconstructing Lost Places in Towns of Old China

Much of old China has been torn down to make way for the new, so creating maps and descriptions as accurate as possible for 1860 became a major effort in Yankee Mandarin. Towns of a certain size were all enclosed by … Continue reading

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