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When America First Met China

An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail
Dolin, Eric Jay (Book - 2012)
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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.
Authors: Dolin, Eric Jay
Title: When America first met China
an exotic history of tea, drugs, and money in the Age of Sail
Publisher: New York : Liveright Pub. Corp., c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xviii, 394 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.
Local Note: 6 15 53 74 76 102 118 148 152 210 216 226 242 244 263
ISBN: 9780871404336
0871404338
Statement of Responsibility: Eric Jay Dolin
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: United States Commerce China History 18th century. United States Commerce China History 19th century. China Commerce United States History 18th century. China Commerce United States History 19th century.
LCCN: 2012016598
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