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America’s First Adventure in China: Trade, Treaties, Opium, and Salvation by John R. Haddad, and: Pacific Crossing: California Gold, Chinese Migration, and the Making of Hong Kong by Elizabeth Sinn (review)

America’s First Adventure in China: Trade, Treaties, Opium, and Salvation by John R. Haddad, and:... Reviews 141 John R. Haddad. America's First Adventure in China: Trade, Treaties, Opium, and Salvation. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2013. ix, 284 pp. Hardcover $80.50, isbn 978-1-43990-690-3. Elizabeth Sinn. Pacific Crossing: California Gold, Chinese Migration, and the Making of Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2013. xviii, 454 pp. Hardcover $45.00, isbn 978-988-8139-71-2. Two recent books on Chinese engagement with the United States in the nineteenth century add to the growing interest in "China and the world" and the field of Pacific world history. Elizabeth Sinn's Pacific Crossing and John Haddad's America's First Adventure in China both focus on nineteenth-century trans-Pacific US­ China trade. As such, they are particularly important for bringing matters of trade and commerce to light, matters that have been long overshadowed by studies of Chinese labor emigrations (both indentured and free) and the politics of Chinese exclusion. More broadly, these books are part of that larger trend which emphasizes regional and transnational ties that are constructed around and across oceans and seas. These histories range from the Annales "civilizational" approach to the political economy of early modern and modern empires and modern migration histories. Unlike other ocean-framed histories (Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean), http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

America’s First Adventure in China: Trade, Treaties, Opium, and Salvation by John R. Haddad, and: Pacific Crossing: California Gold, Chinese Migration, and the Making of Hong Kong by Elizabeth Sinn (review)

China Review International , Volume 21 (2) – Nov 28, 2014

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Reviews 141 John R. Haddad. America's First Adventure in China: Trade, Treaties, Opium, and Salvation. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2013. ix, 284 pp. Hardcover $80.50, isbn 978-1-43990-690-3. Elizabeth Sinn. Pacific Crossing: California Gold, Chinese Migration, and the Making of Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2013. xviii, 454 pp. Hardcover $45.00, isbn 978-988-8139-71-2. Two recent books on Chinese engagement with the United States in the nineteenth century add to the growing interest in "China and the world" and the field of Pacific world history. Elizabeth Sinn's Pacific Crossing and John Haddad's America's First Adventure in China both focus on nineteenth-century trans-Pacific US­ China trade. As such, they are particularly important for bringing matters of trade and commerce to light, matters that have been long overshadowed by studies of Chinese labor emigrations (both indentured and free) and the politics of Chinese exclusion. More broadly, these books are part of that larger trend which emphasizes regional and transnational ties that are constructed around and across oceans and seas. These histories range from the Annales "civilizational" approach to the political economy of early modern and modern empires and modern migration histories. Unlike other ocean-framed histories (Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean),

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Published: Nov 28, 2014

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