“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
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A Belgian Passage to China

Posted: October 14th, 2020 | 1 Comment »

This book is apparently in English and seems to have a lot of photos…

A Belgian passage to China (1870-1920) : Belgian-Chinese historical relations (1870-1930) and the construction of the railway and the tramway based on personal documents and pictures of François Nuyens and Philippe & Adolphe Spruyt.

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One Comment on “A Belgian Passage to China”

  1. 1 David Leffman said at 2:58 am on October 26th, 2020:

    Have you seen “The Belgian Mandarin”, a biography of Paul Splingaerd? Splingaerd came to China in the 1860s, travelled with von Richthofen, had Li Hongzhang as his patron, and served as a magistrate at Jiuquan in Gansu for over a decade. One of his many descendants, Anne Spligaerd-Megowan, wrote this book.


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