Professor Robert Bickers

Kidnapping at Breaker Point

A visiting professor is to lead a seminar to some of the University’s most eminent lecturers on a historical mystery.

Professor Robert Bickers from the University of Bristol will be speaking on the 6 March. The lecture is titled ‘Lights and shadows on a Chinese Shore: the kidnapping at Breaker Point lighthouse, 1932’. Professor Bickers is one of the UK's leading authorities in Chinese history and his most recent book 'The Scramble for China' was published by Penguin in 2011.

The lecture will shed new light on an area for history that has for a long time been shrouded in mystery. In February 1932 two foreign lighthouse keepers were taken from the Breaker Point lighthouse by Communist guerrilla fighters. They never returned. The talk will explore the background to this affair, which Professor Bicker argues was ostensibly an act of dramatic political theatre: the building of the large network of lighthouses on the China Coast by the British-led Maritime Customs Service, and the complex relations between foreign nationals at each lighthouse, Chinese employees, and local communities.

All are invited to attend the lecture, which will take place in Amory 239AB, University of Exeter, Streatham campus from 16:00-18:00 on the 6 March 2013.

Date: 6 March 2013

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