An illustration depicts Qing forces regaining the provincial capital of Ruizhou during the Taiping rebellion. An illustration depicts Qing forces regaining the provincial capital of Ruizhou during the Taiping rebellion.
An illustration depicts Qing forces regaining the provincial capital of Ruizhou during the Taiping rebellion.

Smuggler, general, journalist - the China exploits of a British adventurer

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An illustration depicts Qing forces regaining the provincial capital of Ruizhou during the Taiping rebellion. An illustration depicts Qing forces regaining the provincial capital of Ruizhou during the Taiping rebellion.
An illustration depicts Qing forces regaining the provincial capital of Ruizhou during the Taiping rebellion.
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