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Author Grace, Richard J., 1940- author

Title Opium and empire : the lives and careers of William Jardine and James Matheson / Richard J. Grace
Published Montreal & Kingston : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014
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Contents Prelude: The Scotland of Their Birth -- 1 Origins -- 2 Sailing from London to Canton -- 3 The Sirens of Commerce -- 4 The Heirs of Cox and Beale -- 5 Doing Business at Creek Hong -- 6 Charting New Waters -- 7 The Partners Apart -- 8 Approaching the Showdown in China -- 9 Jardine's Farewell and Matheson's Great Headache -- 10 Jardine's and Matheson's Roles in the Opium War -- 11 Their Lives after China -- 12 Sir James Matheson, Laird of Lewis -- Postlude: Gentlemanly Capitalists?
Summary In 1832 William Jardine and James Matheson established what would become the greatest British trading company in East Asia in the nineteenth century. This book explores the depths of each man, their complicated and sometimes inconsistent internal workings, and their achievements and failures
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Jardine, William, 1784-1843.
Matheson, James, 1796-1878.
Jardine, Matheson & Co. -- History.
Businesspeople -- Great Britain -- Biography.
China -- Commerce -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
China -- History -- Opium War, 1840-1842.
United Kingdom -- Commerce -- China -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 077359681X (electronic bk.)
0773596828 (electronic bk.)
9780773596818 (electronic bk.)
9780773596825 (electronic bk.)