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When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail

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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 or Mark Kurlansky's .

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Ancient China collides with newfangled America in this epic tale of opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships.

About the Author

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of Leviathan: The History of Whaling In America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by The Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U. S. Maritime History; and

Product Details

ISBN:
9780871406897
Author:
Dolin, Eric Jay
Publisher:
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Subject:
World History - China
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages of color, 83 black-and-white il
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
23.5 x 15.56 mm

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