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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 regarding China, Japan, Korea and Russia. on the time Britain and Russia appeared with reference to struggle over Afghanistan, and taking the islands, with their sheltered anchorage, may deny them to Russia whereas they may be necessary in any blockade of the Russian fleet in Vladivostok. besides 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 set for others – quite Russia – to do an analogous. hence, Britain under pressure that profession was once transitority and tried to achieve valid keep watch over anyway, through issuing leases. In the development, after a lot political posturing from East Asian international locations, on condition that the geopolitical scenario superior and there has been no warfare with Russia, the British, after assurances that Russia wouldn't take Port Hamilton, slipped away in February 1887. Geomundo back to obscurity.

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

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