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By Stephen A. Royle

In April 1885 the British army seized the small archipelago of Port Hamilton (now Geomundo) off Korea, an incident dubbed the Port Hamilton Affair. This used to be a part of a bigger tale of Empire and East Asian geopolitics related to China, Japan, Korea and Russia. on the time Britain and Russia appeared with regards to conflict over Afghanistan, and taking the islands, with their sheltered anchorage, might deny them to Russia whereas they may be worthwhile in any blockade of the Russian fleet in Vladivostok. despite the fact that, even during this imperial period, there have been qualms approximately seizing inhabited territory belonging to a pleasant kingdom, if basically throughout the precedent it might probably set for others – fairly Russia – to do a similar. therefore, Britain under pressure that profession was once transitority and tried to realize valid keep an eye on anyway, through issuing leases. In the development, after a lot political posturing from East Asian international locations, provided that the geopolitical state of affairs more suitable and there has been no conflict with Russia, the British, after assurances that Russia wouldn't take Port Hamilton, slipped away in February 1887. Geomundo again to obscurity.

This e-book, the 1st full-length research of the Port Hamilton Affair, is predicated round modern fabric various from published dispatches and executive studies to unique archival manuscripts. this permits the book’s scope to diversity from environment the Port Hamilton Affair into its context in the excessive geopolitics of East Asia via learn of the lifetime of the garrison stationed at the islands to relatives among the powerless indigenous islanders and their British occupiers.

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