America's First Adventure in China

America's First Adventure in China

Trade, Treaties, Opium, and Salvation

Book - 2013
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"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.
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781439906897
1439906890
9781439906910
Branch Call Number: 327.7305 HADDAD
Characteristics: viii, 283 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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