By Stephen A. Royle
In April 1885 the British army seized the small archipelago of Port Hamilton (now Geomundo) off Korea, an incident dubbed the Port Hamilton Affair. This used to be a part of a bigger tale of Empire and East Asian geopolitics concerning China, Japan, Korea and Russia. on the time Britain and Russia appeared as regards to conflict over Afghanistan, and taking the islands, with their sheltered anchorage, may deny them to Russia whereas they could be important in any blockade of the Russian fleet in Vladivostok. even if, even during this imperial period, there have been qualms approximately seizing inhabited territory belonging to a pleasant kingdom, if basically in the course of the precedent it will probably set for others – fairly Russia – to do an identical. therefore, Britain under pressure that profession was once transitority and tried to realize valid regulate anyway, through issuing leases. In the development, after a lot political posturing from East Asian international locations, on condition that the geopolitical scenario better and there has been no conflict with Russia, the British, after assurances that Russia wouldn't take Port Hamilton, slipped away in February 1887. Geomundo back to obscurity.
This booklet, the 1st full-length research of the Port Hamilton Affair, relies round modern fabric various from revealed dispatches and govt stories to unique archival manuscripts. this allows the book’s scope to variety from surroundings the Port Hamilton Affair into its context in the excessive geopolitics of East Asia via research of the lifetime of the garrison stationed at the islands to family among the powerless indigenous islanders and their British occupiers.
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