China Trade and Empire: Jardine, Matheson & Co. and the Origins of British Rule in Hong Kong, 1827-1843, Issue 38

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OUP/British Academy, Aug 10, 2006 - Business & Economics - 626 pages
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The letters of William Jardine and James Matheson, co-founders of the Hong Kong Trading Firm Jardine, Matheson & Co., shed new light on the important commercial, economic and political developments of the nineteenth century. Local and world politics, debate about freedom, monopoly and free trade, the conduct of the Opium War and the beginnings of British rule in Hong Kong are passionately discussed alongside the immediate business concerns of tea, opium and British exports to China. The letters from the Jardine Matheson Archive, collected here for the first time, portray a fascinating commercial, political and personal drama played out in England, Scotland, India, and China. A substantial introduction provides the historical background of British involvement in Eastern trade from the eighteenth century up to the beginnings of British Rule in Hong Kong.
 

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Contents

Editorial Method
52
Outcorrespondence
534
Letter references
543
Canton Petition 24th December 1830
553
Canton Petition 9th December 1834
560
Liverpool Petition February 1836
566
Text of the Treaty of Nanking
572
Glossary
579
Index of Topics
614
Copyright

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Alain Le Pichon is at Department of English, Universite de Paris IV Sorbonne.

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