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America's First Adventure in China : Trade, Treaties, Opium, and Salvation, Hardback Book

America's First Adventure in China : Trade, Treaties, Opium, and Salvation Hardback

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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 colourful 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 favourable outcome - they established a unique presence in China - and cultivated a relationship whose complexities continue to grow. John Haddad is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Popular Culture at Penn State Harrisburg.

He was awarded the Gutenberg-e Prize in 2002 for his dissertation, which was published as The Romance of China: Excursions to China in U.S.

Culture, 1776-1876.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
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  • Category: Asian history
  • ISBN: 9781439906897

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