"Mapping intelligence": photography and topography in Strangman's albums.

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This article investigates the events that occurred in the surroundings of Tianjin in the period between the Boxer Uprising and the Russo-Japanese War. The discovery of two albums of snapshots and a short accompanying letter by Richard Strangman,a Customs officer, to Sir Robert Hart, the Inspector General of the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs, and Edwin Conger, the American Minister Plenipotentiary to China, offers a chance to reflect on the use of amateur photography as a tool of intelligence and topography in the border region between Zhili and Manchuria in the early years of the twentieth century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-180
Number of pages18
JournalThe Chinese Historical Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 02 Nov 2018
EventWiles Colloquium 2017: New Lenses on China: Photography in Modern Chinese History and Historiography - Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Jun 201724 Jun 2017


  • China
  • history
  • amateur photography
  • topography
  • Intelligence
  • Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs
  • Sir Robert Hart
  • Tianjin
  • Boxer Uprising
  • Russo-Japanese War

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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