Maurice Collis dramatised the life of China’s Empress Dowager Cixi, pictured above with the wives of foreign diplomats and their adopted orphan. Picture: Alamy
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

From opium wars to HSBC, writer Maurice Collis brought Asia to vivid life

Disliking the widespread racism of the day, the British author brought an enlightened thoughtfulness to his work, treating his subjects with sympathy, empathy and understanding

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Maurice Collis dramatised the life of China’s Empress Dowager Cixi, pictured above with the wives of foreign diplomats and their adopted orphan. Picture: Alamy
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