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America's first adventure in China : trade, treaties, opium, and salvation / John R. Haddad
Bib ID 6894750
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Haddad, John Rogers, author
 
Description Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2013 
viii, 283 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm 
ISBN 1439906890
1439906904
9781439906897
9781439906903
Invalid ISBN 9781439906910
Summary

"In 1784, when Americans first voyaged to China, they confronted Chinese authorities who were unaware that the United States even existed. Nevertheless, a long, complicated, and fruitful trade relationship was born after American traders, missionaries, diplomats, and others sailed to China with lofty ambitions: to acquire fabulous wealth, convert China to Christianity, and even command a Chinese army. In America's First Adventure in China, John Haddad provides a colorful history of the evolving cultural exchange and interactions between these countries. He recounts how American expatriates adopted a pragmatic attitude--as well as an entrepreneurial spirit and improvisational approach--to their dealings with the Chinese. Haddad shows how opium played a potent role in the dreams of Americans who either smuggled it or opposed its importation, and he considers the missionary movement that compelled individuals to accept a hard life in an alien culture. As a result of their efforts, Americans achieved a favorable outcome--they established a unique presence in China--and cultivated a relationship whose complexities continue to grow."--Publisher's website.

Full contents
  • First contact : the voyage of the empress of China
  • System men : the rise of Perkins & Co.
  • All for a cup of tea : finding goods for the Canton market
  • Beachhead of God : the first wave of missionaries
  • Rising on smoke : opium and identity in Canton
  • Formal ties : the Caleb Cushing mission
  • Centrifugal force : the spread of people, goods, capital, and ideas
  • Heavenly war : Americans and the Taiping rebellion
  • Cooperation : Burlingame and the reinvention of Sino-western relations.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-273) and index.

Subjects Missions, American -- China -- History -- 19th century.  |  Opium trade -- China -- History -- 19th century.  |  China -- Commerce -- United States -- History -- 18th century.  |  China -- Commerce -- United States -- History -- 19th century.  |  China -- History -- Opium War, 1840-1842.  |  China -- History -- Taiping Rebellion, 1850-1864.  |  China -- Relations -- United States.  |  United States -- Commerce -- China -- History -- 18th century.  |  United States -- Commerce -- China -- History -- 19th century.  |  United States -- Relations -- China.  |  China.  |  USA.

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