[02 February 2012]The English-language 'North China Herald' is the prime printed source in any language for the history of the foreign presence in China from around 1850 to the 1940s. It was published in Shanghai, and it is the first – and sometimes only – point of reference for information and comment on a range of foreign and Chinese activities. It had correspondents across the whole of China, who supplied a constant stream of news of an incredible variety. Although a thriving treaty port press developed over the century of the foreign presence in China from 1843 onwards, no other newspaper existed over such an extended period, and covers it in such incredible depth and variety.
The consultant editor on the project is Robert Bickers in the History Department. Currently this is still in the testing stage, and feedback on usability will be very useful. This is also the first in a series of resources that will build into a comprehensive historical resource on modern East Asia. Once the NCHO is fully completed, it will be accessible across the University. For further details visit: <http://nch.primarysourcesonline.nl/nch/>.