The Thistle and the Jade: A Celebration of 175 Years of Jardine Matheson

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Frances Lincoln, 2008 - History - 320 pages
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Jardine, Matheson & Co. was founded in Canton in 1832, and built up to become an international trading house with business interests throughout the world. The Thistle & The Jade assembles contributions from both leading historians, such as Professor John King Fairbank and Professor K.C. Lui, and old Jardine hands, including Alan Reid and Sir John Keswick, to tell the story of how this happened. The result is a fascinating miscellany of scholarship and anecdote that tells an exciting tale of merchant adventure, of how wealth and influence were accumulated in the early days of trading, and of the special relationship forged by 'the Princely Hong' with China and her people.

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The Thistle and the Jade was an essential source for the novel Yankee Mandarin. The book is a collection of articles regarding Jardine, Matheson and Company in the China trade, some penned by company ... Read full review

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The Scots trading firm of Jardine, Matheson & Co. was founded at Canton (now Guangzhou), by William Jardine, from Dumfriesshire and James Matheson from Sutherland. They were involved in the notorious ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

MAGGIE KESWICK's great-grandfather, William Keswick, was a great-nephew of the firm's co-founder.

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