The easy style of Miss Hahn's absorbing account of one hundred years of European intervention in China seems all the more remarkable for the wealth of detail that filters through the narrative. The emphasis here is on 19th century China's painful adjustment to foreigners in her midst and her officials' day to day handling of the problems it presented. The book ends with Mao Tse-tung's proclamation of the Chinese Peoples Republic in 1949. A longer assessment of the events that led up to the removal of Chiang Kai-shek to Taiwan would have been desirable. It is the only lacuna in an otherwise observant, satisfying book.