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The new Middle Kingdom : China and the early American romance of free trade

Author: Kendall Johnson
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.
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"In the imaginations of early Americans, the Middle Kingdom was the wealthiest empire in the world. Its geographical distance did not deter commercial aspirations--rather, it inspired them. Starting in the late eighteenth century, merchants from New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Salem, Newport, and elsewhere cast speculative lines to China. The resulting fortunes shaped the cultural foundation of the early republic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kendall Johnson
ISBN: 9781421422510 1421422514
OCLC Number: 961409999
Description: x, 371 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: China and the American Romances of Free Trade --
Characterizing the American China Trader : The Global Geography of Opium Traffic in Josiah Quincy's The Journals of Major Samuel Shaw (1847) --
Captain Amasa Delano, Slavery, and Melville's Dollar Signs of the Canton Trade --
The Troubled Romance in Harriett Low's Picturesque Macao : Transnational Family Fortunes and the Rise of Russell & Company --
The Sacred Fount of the ABCFM : Free Press, Free Trade, and Extraterritorial Printing in China --
Caleb Cushing's Print Trail of Legal Extraterritoriality : A Confederated Christendom of Commerce, from the Far East to the Far West --
Extraterritorial Burial and the Visual Aesthetics of Free Trade Imperialism in Commodore Matthew Perry's Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan (1856-1857) --
Passages to India from the Newly United States : Revising The Middle Kingdom (1883).
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Spanning a full century, from the post-Revolutionary War era to the Gilded Age, The New Middle Kingdom is a vivid look at the Far East through Western eyes, one that highlights the importance of  Read more...

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