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Diplomats in BlueU.S. Naval Officers in China, 1922-1933$
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William Reynolds Braisted

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032887

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032887.001.0001

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A Year of Decision

(p.113) 8 1927
Diplomats in Blue

William Reynolds Braisted

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the conflict in China in 1927 following the transfer of the Nationalist government from Canton to Hankow in December 1926 which in no sense diminished the feeling of insecurity among foreigners in the Yangtze Valley. The Chinese people launched a series of demonstrations and by early January 1927 they had overrun the British concessions at Hankow and Kiukiang. There was also a general exodus of Americans from the upriver areas when they were told that the U.S. Navy could no longer guarantee their protection. To prevent further problems, the Americans decided to join forces with other powers to defend the entire International Settlement in Shanghai.

Keywords:   Nationalist government, Canton, Hankow, China, Yangtze Valley, demonstrations, British concessions, U.S. Navy, Kiukiang, International Settlement

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