“Soldiers with stiff bodies” : rumors, stereotypes and the Chinese image of the British army during the First Opium War (1839-1842)

Searle, DA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3311-4090 and Zhang, Yi 2020, '“Soldiers with stiff bodies” : rumors, stereotypes and the Chinese image of the British army during the First Opium War (1839-1842)' , Journal of Modern Chinese History . (In Press)

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Abstract

One of the more curious aspects of the First Opium War was the circulation of two claims about British soldiers among Chinese officials, instigated by Commissioner Lin Zexu: their uniforms were so tight, if they were to stumble they would not be able to get up again; and, the men were “like fish,” so could function well at sea, but could not fight on land because they had become so used to the pitching and rolling of their ships. This article examines the extent to which these notions took on the quality of wartime rumors, which spread beyond generals and officials, extending into the general population. It considers the way in which the rumors functioned in different ways at different levels of society.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Modern Chinese History
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1753-5654
Depositing User: Professor DA Searle
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 13:28
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 09:58
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/56569

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