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When America First Met China

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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 Mayflower or Mark Kurlansky’s Cod.   

  • Author: Eric Jay Dolin
  • Softcover
  • Publisher: Liveright, 2013
  • 432 pages 8.3" x 5.6"
  • 16 color and 83 black-and-white illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780871406897
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