by James Harrison Wilson (9781459041073)

James Harrison Wilson
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 138
Category: History
Publisher: General Books
ISBN: 9781459041073
ISBN-10: 1459041070

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II Area of China?Reached its greatest extent under Kublai Khan? Almost as great under the late Regent?China's isolated position?Approach of railroads toward western border?Communication by steamships?Civilization different from any other ?Origin of names of country?Provinces?Climate?Surface? Hwang-ho, or Yellow River?Delta, or Great Plain?Inundations?Embankments?Change of river-bed. In order that a definite conception may be had of China, as it was and is, it should be borne in mind that with the exception of Russia, and perhaps of ancient Rome, it is the largest continuous empire that has ever existed. It occupies nearly the whole of Eastern and Southeastern Asia, and lies in a regular, compact, and unbroken mass of co-terminous subdivisions and outlying territories. It is composed of the original eighteen provinces corresponding to our States, and constituting what is generally described by geographers as China Proper, but sometimes as the " Middle Kingdom," together with the outlying and encircling possessions of Manchuria, Inner and Outer Mongolia, Ili, or Chinese Turkistan, and Thibet. The Government up to a recent period claimed suzerainty over and received tribute more or less regularly from Corea, Anam, Siam, Burmah, and the beautiful and extensive Island of Formosa, or Taiwan. At the beginning of the last century it also included the whole of the vast regions now known as Siberia and Transcaspia, with an area of over 12,000,000 square miles. It is subdivided into eighteen provinces, constituting the body of an empire the outer boundaries of which yet inclose one third 8 of the Continent of Asia, or an area of at least 5,000,000 square miles. In view of the present condition of geographical knowledge, it is not possible to estimate this enormous extent of ...

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