America's First Adventure in China by John R Haddad
Trade, Treaties, Opium, and Salvation

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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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John R. Haddad is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Popuar 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. In 2010, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and research at the University of Hong Kong.
 
Published March 29, 2013 by Temple University Press. 264 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel.

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Haddad (The Romance of China) looks at the development of the relationship between China and the United States beginning in 1784. An intensely detailed story seen through the lens of individual lives

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Haddad (American studies & popular culture, Pennsylvania State Univ., Harrisburg; The Romance of China: Excursions to China in the U.S. Culture 1776–1876) has again struck the right note with this well-researched work on the first hundred years or so of the U.S. relationship with China. He convey...

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