Macartney Embassy was the first British diplomatic mission to China. It was such an important but little-known event. I read quite some Chinese materials but not many English materials. The wiki article is probably the only English article I read and this video clip called "The Macartney Expedition and the Global Economy" was the only clip I can find on youtube.

Actually I can buy a book series called "An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China" by the mission members George Macartney and George Staunton at amazon! But there are more than 3000 pages, written more than 200 years ago and I don't think I will read them. Even if I buy them, they will just clutter my study and collect dust. So are there any modern accounts of Macartney Embassy, books, documentaries ?

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I did find a modern account of Macartney Embassy, check here https://www.erudit.org/en/journals/lumen/2013-v32-lumen0563/1015486ar/abstract/

I briefly read it, I did not find anything I have not known from the Chinese materials I read. But for those don't know Macartney Embassy before may take a look.

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    Wait, so you've already found the best and most complete account of the thing you are asking about, and you want Cliffs Notes or a youtube video?
    – CGCampbell
    Dec 9, 2021 at 14:17
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    The best account of Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition is not Shackleton's own account "South" but Alfred Lansing's book "Endurance". The "An Authentic Account" series were written more than 200 years ago. So my question "modern account" Dec 9, 2021 at 14:56
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    The original book can actually be read through the Yale University Library website, as well as through Google Books (at least in the USA; not sure about where you are.) Dec 9, 2021 at 15:35
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    Also, because of the format of this site it's best to ask one question at a time. I would recommend you edit this question to delete the question about the quote, and make a separate post to ask that. Dec 9, 2021 at 15:36
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    Also: I was able to find the original text of the quote on p. 412–413 of this book. If you can't access it from where you are, post a separate question and I'll post the text as an answer. Dec 9, 2021 at 15:58


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