While the current connections between Scotland and China are numerous and growing, there have been links between the two countries for at least two centuries. Many Scots have lived and worked in China as government officials, soldiers, business people, missionaries and travellers while in smaller numbers, Chinese people have been coming to Scotland to study and work since the mid 19th century.
This collection focuses on books that show the links between the two nations. It is held in the Confucius Institute library and will be catalogued in the University of Edinburgh system.
The initial collection of over 40 books covers a variety of topics, including :
Many of these old connections still have a resonance today. Jardines are still very much in business. Bogle's writings on Tibet occasionally feature in modern political debate. The Royal Botanic Garden's links with Chinese botanists grew from the early work of George Forrest. Scottish churches still support Dugald Christie's old hospital in Mukden, now Shenyang. And of course Eric Liddell's name is well-known in Scotland and beyond, and his Shandong connections have brought benefits to several Scottish businesses in recent years. This is not dead history.
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For details of how to visit the collection, contact the Confucius Institute. We will be developing the collection with new books and other materials in the coming months.
Additional donations to this collection are very welcome.