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The golden ghetto : the American commercial community at Canton and the shaping of American China policy, 1784-1844, Jacques M. Downs

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The golden ghetto : the American commercial community at Canton and the shaping of American China policy, 1784-1844
Title
The golden ghetto
Title remainder
the American commercial community at Canton and the shaping of American China policy, 1784-1844
Statement of responsibility
Jacques M. Downs
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The work covers the exotic life at the Canton factories, the institutions of the community, its development of informal policies for dealing with emergencies and with the Chinese, the guild of merchants with whom foreigners dealt, and the Chinese bureaucracy that regulated and observed their lives in China. Opium smuggling receives especial emphasis, since it provided the economic base of the community and affected the traders' views of China and the Chinese
  • Also included are short histories of the resident American firms, sketches of the lives and personalities of a number of American China traders, and a comparative study of the trade, organization, and "culture" of these firms. This part of the study breaks entirely new ground and is necessary for an understanding of the formation of later American policy. Finally, the book examines the first American diplomatic mission to China in 1843
  • This book details the life of American merchants and missionaries who lived at Canton, the only port in the Celestial Empire open to foreigners in the sixty years after the Revolution before America developed a China policy. While in China, these Americans lived isolated from Chinese society and in sybaritic, albeit celibate luxury. Nevertheless, they often made fortunes in a few years and returned home to become important figures in the rapidly developing United States
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1926-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Downs, Jacques M.
Dewey number
337.51/275
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HF3840.C36
LC item number
D69 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Americans
  • Merchants
  • Guangzhou (China)
  • United States
  • China
Label
The golden ghetto : the American commercial community at Canton and the shaping of American China policy, 1784-1844, Jacques M. Downs
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 459-487) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pt.1. The Golden ghetto. Old Canton and its trade. American business under the old system. Opium transforms the Canton System -- Pt.2. The residents and their firms. The dominant firms. The other houses. The China trader -- Pt.3. Cushing's Treaty. The creation of an officical policy. The mission to China. Retrospection -- Epilogue: The legacy of Old Canton
Control code
34046271
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
495 pages 3 unnumbered leaves of plates
Isbn
9780934223355
Lccn
96004167
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
Label
The golden ghetto : the American commercial community at Canton and the shaping of American China policy, 1784-1844, Jacques M. Downs
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 459-487) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pt.1. The Golden ghetto. Old Canton and its trade. American business under the old system. Opium transforms the Canton System -- Pt.2. The residents and their firms. The dominant firms. The other houses. The China trader -- Pt.3. Cushing's Treaty. The creation of an officical policy. The mission to China. Retrospection -- Epilogue: The legacy of Old Canton
Control code
34046271
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
495 pages 3 unnumbered leaves of plates
Isbn
9780934223355
Lccn
96004167
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map

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