America's First Adventure in China : Trade, Treaties, Opium, and Salvation Hardback
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 264 pages
- Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
- Publication Date: 29/03/2013
- Category: Asian history
- ISBN: 9781439906897