The Flight of the Lapwing

A Naval Officer's Jottings in China, Formosa, and Japan

by Henry N. Shore

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The Flight of the Lapwing is a fascinating record of a turbulent period in East Asian history, written by a Royal Navy officer serving at the “China Station”.

In contrast to some Far East writers of the time, Shore generally takes an even-handed approach toward China. Although he carries a sense of racial superiority common at the time, this is tempered by appreciation for what he sees as the merits of the country and its people. A sympathy with the Chinese working classes pervades the text, and Shore is keen to point out the courage and forbearance of coolies under onerous working conditions, while he is often not quite so complimentary about the officials of the country.

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