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- DescriptionBrilliantly illuminating one of the least-understood areas of American history, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin w 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 ecomy, 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 BiographyEric Jay Dolin is the best-selling author of the award-winning Fur, Fortune, and Empire; Leviathan; and When America First Met China. He and his family live in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
- Author(s)Eric Jay Dolin
- PublisherWW Norton & Co
- Date of Publication26/10/2012
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWW Norton & Co
- Content Note16 pages of color and 83 black-and-white illustrations
- Weight800 g
- Width168 mm
- Height244 mm
- Spine35 mm
- Format DetailsRough front
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