Publications

Publications, blogs and reviews

Dearest Martha: The Life and Letters of Eliza Hillier – Hong Kong, Shanghai, England, Siam (Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press), publication date 14th July 2021

Book Depository/Amazon UK/Waterstones

Ian Ruxton (ed.), with an Introduction by Andrew Hillier, The Correspondence of Sir Ernest Satow, British Envoy in China (1900-1906), vol.1 (Independent through Amazon, 2021) 

Mediating Empire: An English Family in China. 1817-1927 (Folkestone: Renaissance Books, 2020),

What the critics have said:

Mediating Empire is a superb exploration into successive generations of the British imperial world in China. Hillier demonstrates how family could be much more than the sum of its parts, providing personnel for the British presence, establishing community life, and building networks of trust that ran across institutional and sometimes racial divides Mark Baker, Family and Community History, 23 (2020) 229-231

 

Using family papers which are carefully contextualised in expertly chosen and judged official sources and related studies, [Hillier] illuminates many characteristics of the relationship between Britain and China. The work covers aspects of cross-cultural social history, administrative relationships, key financial developments, leisure and much else.  He also reveals the extent to which the wives of the key male players were themselves strong and active figures in the circumstances in which they found themselves John Mackenzie, Emeritus Professor of Imperial History, Lancaster.  

 

Written in a light, yet engagingly informative style, the book is an examination of the relationship between family and empire …Hillier has gone beyond the significant achievements of the cast-members of his book, by incorporating an analysis of the extent to which family was ‘a key enabler of Britain’s imperial presence in China’ … at no stage does this … appear forced or contrived. The players’ interaction with and dependence on each other are clear to see. This is a book that was waiting to be written.

Robert Nield, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong, 60 (2020), pp. 261-3.

Bridging Cultures: The Forging of the China Consular Mind, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 47 (2019), pp. 742-772.

With Simon Landy ‘At Home in Siam: Being a Consular Wife’,  Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong Branch, For the full article, see  Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong, 60 (2020), pp. 160-185.

 

Blogs etc from elsewhere  ​

A Miniature World’: Photographs and Memories of Internment in China

http://visualisingchina.net/blog/2020/06/29/internment-in-china/

 

Family and Memory in Old Hong Kong

https://hkhistory.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/2020/06/22/andrew-hillier-on-family-and-memory-in-old-hong-kong/

 

Music-making in the Customs Service

https://blogs.qub.ac.uk/specialcollections/music-making-in-the-customs-service/

 

Interview: Barrister’s Best: https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/barrister's-best-andrew-hillier-qc

http://visualisingchina.net/blog/2020/04/22/a-banker-and-his-amanuensis/

welovebse.com/2020/01/the-scholar-and-the-mandarins/

 

Shanghailanders and the Quest for Home https://colonialfamilies.wordpress.com/

The Kodak comes to Peking  http://visualisingchina.net/blog/?s=kodak+to+peking

 

With a Camera in Yunnan: the Ethnographic Expeditions of Frederic W. Carey http://visualisingchina.net/blog/?s=carey

 

Dear Mother, Dear Father’: Legation Letters Home https://blogs.qub.ac.uk/specialcollections/legation-letters-home/    

https://chinesemoneymatters.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/charles-batten-hillier-1820-1856/

 

The Banker’s Bullet-Ridden Buick  http://visualisingchina.net/blog/?s=bullet-ridden

 

Weihaiwei and the 1st Chinese Regiment – 2. Peking and After http://visualisingchina.net/blog/?s=1st+Chinese

https://www.welovebse.com/2020/01/the-scholar-and-the-mandarins/

 

Imperial Boredom; Monotony and the British Empire    https://reviews.history.ac.uk/review/2332

 

I have taken part in an HSBC film about Guy Hillier’s career https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Chvh7hLJCUg