When America first met China :an exotic history of tea, drugs, and money in the Age of Sail /Eric Jay Dolin.

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-303594

Description

xviii, 394 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm, Brilliantly illuminating one of the least-understood areas of American history, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin now traces our fraught relationship with China back to its roots: the unforgiving nineteenth-century seas that separated a brash, rising naval power from a battered ancient empire. It is a prescient fable for our time, one that surprisingly continues to shed light on our modern relationship with China. Indeed, the furious trade in furs, opium, and beche-de-mer--a rare sea cucumber delicacy--might have catalyzed America's emerging economy, but it also sparked an ecological and human rights catastrophe of such epic proportions that the reverberations can still be felt today. Peopled with fascinating characters--from the "Financier of the Revolution" Robert Morris to the Chinese emperor Qianlong, who considered foreigners inferior beings--this page-turning saga of pirates and politicians, coolies and concubines becomes a must-read for any fan of Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower or Mark Kurlansky's Cod.

Details

Descriptive Terms

AuÇenbeziehungen.
Kulturkontakt.
Handel.
Commerce.
Commerce History 18th century.
Commerce History 19th century.

Originator

Dolin, Eric Jay.

Contents

"The adventurous pursuits of commerce" -- The Middle Kingdom -- China dreams -- The "new people" -- China rush -- The golden ghetto -- China through American eyes -- The Opium War -- Racing the wind -- Fading fortune -- Echoes of the past.

Publication

New York : Liveright Pub. Corp.

Description

xviii, 394 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
Brilliantly illuminating one of the least-understood areas of American history, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin now traces our fraught relationship with China back to its roots: the unforgiving nineteenth-century seas that separated a brash, rising naval power from a battered ancient empire. It is a prescient fable for our time, one that surprisingly continues to shed light on our modern relationship with China. Indeed, the furious trade in furs, opium, and beche-de-mer--a rare sea cucumber delicacy--might have catalyzed America's emerging economy, but it also sparked an ecological and human rights catastrophe of such epic proportions that the reverberations can still be felt today. Peopled with fascinating characters--from the "Financier of the Revolution" Robert Morris to the Chinese emperor Qianlong, who considered foreigners inferior beings--this page-turning saga of pirates and politicians, coolies and concubines becomes a must-read for any fan of Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower or Mark Kurlansky's Cod.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-361) and index.

ISBN

9780871404336 (hardcover)
0871404338 (hardcover)
9780871406897 (pbk.)
0871406896 (pbk.)

Call Number

Stacks HF3128.D65 2012

Places

United States
China
USA.
China.
United States.

Edition

1st ed.