Remiss of me not to have mentioned earlier the Cambridge University Press reissue of Herbert A. Giles’s China and the Manchus – Giles of course a massive scholar of all things China and half of the old Wade-Giles team! Still incredibly readable (I reckon) for a book originally published in 1912 (i.e. one year after the Manchu’s exit stage left). As ever details below…link to an excerpt here.
Originally published during the early part of the twentieth century, the Cambridge Manuals of Science and Literature were designed to provide concise introductions to a broad range of topics. They were written by experts for the general reader and combined a comprehensive approach to knowledge with an emphasis on accessibility. China and the Manchus by Herbert A. Giles was first published in 1912. The volume presents a historical account of the Manchu people and the Qing Dynasty.