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List of Tables List of Abbreviations Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: The Years of the Co-hong 1760-1770 Chapter 2: The Opening of Trade and the Debt Crisis 1771-1781 Chapter 3: Problems with Porcelain Chapter 4: Ups and Downs of Trade 1782-1789 Chapter 5: Vantage Points, Perspectives and Artistic Presentation Chapter 6: Rise of the Private Traders 1790-1799 Chapter 7: American Entrepreneurs and the Brief Return of the French 1800-1814 Chapter 8: New British Factories, Return of the Danes, and the Great Fire 1815-1822 Chapter 9: The Shopping Streets in the Foreign Quarter Conclusion Appendix: Foreign Movements between Canton and Macao 1760-1769 Bibliography Index

About the Author

Paul A. Van Dyke is professor of history at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou and author of The Canton Trade: Life and Enterprise on the China Coast, 1700-1845 (Hong Kong University Press, 2005). Maria Kar-wing Mok is a curator at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. She was responsible for the research, exhibitions and publication of the museum's Historical Pictures Collection.


The authors have made extensive use of the archives-largely unexplored hitherto-of the European and American merchants and companies trading at Canton from 1760 to 1822. They have marshalled their evidence with admirable care and clarity; this will be the indispensable book on the subject for years to come. -- Patrick Conner, author of The Hongs of Canton: Western Merchants in South China 1700-1900, as Seen in Chinese Export Paintings Canton was the place in the 18th and 19th centuries where Chinese and Western traders met. From there, Chinese commodities and knowledge about China spread over the globe. This detailed study on the factory buildings in Canton, the merchants and the trade they conducted is placed within a carefully documented time frame that allows a much better understanding of these East-West interactions. A most welcome and fascinating book! -- Christiaan J. A. Jorg, professor emeritus, Leiden University The great trade at Canton before the Opium War provided Europeans and North Americans with the finest images and examples of a distant civilization with many works of great beauty. Paul Van Dyke and Maria Mok are global leaders in our new understanding of the trade and its associated arts. This book will be of interest to all who seek the origins of our modern interchanges of goods, ideas, and beauty. -- John E. Wills Jr., professor emeritus, University of Southern California

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