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This wonderful travel journal from one hundred years ago gives a glimpse of China just after the last, Manchu, dynasty. Despite the danger from warring armies, James Archibald Mitchell, “Arch”, traveled the trails, rivers and railroads of rural China photographing rural landscapes, canals, and remote villages,and  also recorded his adventures in words. Mitchell taught English at St John’s University in Shanghai  between 1915 and 1918 and was an avid journal keeper and photographer. He created a unique historical portrait of the country during a period of turmoil  and transition.

Arche’s youngest son John Hanson Mitchell  and his brother Hugh was responsible for bringing his father’s journal to light. John is the  author of ten books, five of which document the cultural and natural history of a single square mile in eastern Massachusetts  known as Scratch Flat — and area which, according to a New York book  review, “…is and was, the world.”    He and his brother, Hugh, have collected selections from the journals and photographs to create this intriguing book.|