Who was Robert Hart?

Answered By: Susan Kirkpatrick
Last Updated: May 09, 2017     Views: 71

Born in Ulster and a Queen’s graduate, Sir Robert Hart (1835-1911) was Inspector General of the Imperial Customs, Peking 1863-1908.  A key figure in China’s 19th century history and its relations with the West, it is impossible to write a history of the late Qing Empire without reference to Hart.  The extensive Hart Collection at Special Collections & Archives is a key resource for researchers, a listing of the collection is available here

Selections from this collection are available online through the links below.


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