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Author Greenberg, Michael, 1914-1992.

Title British trade and the opening of China, 1800-42 / by Michael Greenberg
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1951

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 W'PONDS  382.0942 Gre  AVAILABLE
Description xii, 238 pages ; 22 cm
Series Cambridge studies in economic history
Cambridge studies in economic history.
Contents 1. The Old China Trade -- 2. The Honourable Company and the Private English -- 3. The Canton Commercial System -- 4. The Development of the Canton Trade to 1834 -- 5. Opium. A. The importance of the opium trade; B. The business history of opium; C. Malwa and Damaun; D. The struggle against Macao; E. The coastal trade; F. Silver and 'vile dirt' -- 6. Business and Financial Organisation. A. The agency house; B. Banking; C. Insurance and shipping -- 7. The Victory of the Free Traders. A. The end of the company's charter; B. Manchester and Canton; C. The economic consequences of 1834; D. Political consequences of 1834 -- 8. Ledger and Sword. A. The Opium War; B. Trade during the war; C. Trade and the flag -- Appendix I. Tables -- Appendix II. Jardine Matheson & Co. -- Appendix III. The Hong Merchants -- Bibliography
Summary "An account of the activities of British merchants in China in the crucial years before the Treaty of Nanking (1842), which transformed the relations between the Celestial Empire and the Western 'barbarians' and placed them upon a footing that was to last for 100 years. Mr Greenberg shows how this change was brought about by the pressures of the expanding British economy of the early nineteenth century. Much of the material is based on the papers of Jardine Matheson and Co., the only firm of pre-treaty days to survive, and the largest of the British firms then established in Canton." -- Publisher's website
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages [226]-232
Subject Opium trade.
China -- Commerce -- Great Britain.
China -- Economic conditions -- 1644-1912.
United Kingdom -- Commerce -- China.
LC no. a 52009218
ISBN 9780521077743 (hbk.)
9780521079167 (paperback)