Who was Robert Hart?

Answered By: Susan Kirkpatrick
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2020     Views: 77

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.

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