Introduction: the British in east Asia, 1600-2000. Part 1 China: the beginning - the Duke of Linag's mansion and the establishment of the legation, 1860-1900; interlude - the Summer Legation Question; the siege of the legations and the Boxer settlement; from the Boxer rebellion to the Pacific war; last years of the Old Legation, 1945-59; outside the Walls - the British Mission in beijing since 1959. Part 2 Japan@ the early days, 1859-72; the new legation, 1872-23; after the earthquake, 1923-40; war, detention and repatriation, 1941-42; after the war, 1945-99. Part 3 Korea: beginnings; the new buildings; from consulate-general to consulate-general, 1894-1942; Seoul since 1945.
'Dr Hoare tells the story well for three Far Eastern embassies, those in China, Japan and Korea. It is a scholarly and highly readable book.' - Sir Percy Cradock, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Journal