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Narratives of Free Trade: The Commercial Cultures of Early US-China Relations

Kendall Johnson


This collection discusses the first commercial encounters between a China on the verge of social transformation and a fledgling United States struggling to assert itself globally as a distinct nation after the Revolutionary War with Great Britain. In early accounts of these encounters, commercial activity enabled cross-cultural curiosity, communication and even mutual respect. But it also involved confrontation as ambitious American traders pursued lucrative opportunities, often embracing British-style imperialism in the name of ‘free trade’. The book begins in the 1780s with the arrival in Ca ... More

Keywords: United States, China, Great Britain, imperialism, Canton, Macao, Opium War, Open Door Policy, Sino-American relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9789888083534
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083534.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kendall Johnson, editor

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