Lot n° 663
800 - 1000
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CLEMENCEAU Georges (1841-1929) medecin puis homme politique.
Autograph MANUSCRIPT, China to the Chinese, [circa 1900]; 7 pages in-4, with erasures and corrections.
Vigorous text against the persecution of Westerners in China at the time of the Boxer Rebellion. Clemenceau notes the obvious misunderstanding between the two peoples: "The Chinese do not love the Westerners, and it would be no exaggeration to say that Westerners feel a very violent love for the Chinese. He spoke out against the outrageous representations given by the Chinese cartoons. It depicts Western Christians, objects of hatred, in the form of pigs and goats, mocked and massacred in a dreadful way. This popular imagery published by l'Illustration recalls the crude superstitions that gave rise in France to the wars of religion and the murders of Jews and Albigensians. Clemenceau rebels against such violence and calls for peace: "When will you stop looking at yourselves from one point of view, O Christians of Europe, O Chinese of Buddha, when it would be so simple to look at each other, to consider each other in all aspects successively in order to know and understand each other well? Only then will the spirit of peace descend among you, and you will be able to renounce on both continents the lies of popular imagery".
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