Americans and Macao: Trade, Smuggling and Diplomacy on the South China Coast

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The theme of this volume is the American relationship with Macao and its region through trade, politics and culture, and the focus is mainly on the late 18th and 19th centuries. The essays address topics such as the role of the China trade in US pacific expansion and exploration, US consuls, smuggling networks, missionary and educational work, and American women's perceptions of China. In all of the encounters, Macao emerges as a central player, adding a new dimension to our understanding of Sino-American relations.

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"Significantly, gambling and casinos merit almost no notice in Americans and Macao. Instead, this intriguing collection of essays illuminates sometimes brilliantly the complex intersections among Americans, Macao, and the structures and processes of globa

"A lively and important volume both for its focus on Macao and for its treatment of the pre-treaty port period as a matter of Sino-American relations rather than as just the Old China Trade." -- James Fichter, author of So Great a Proffit How the East Indi

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Paul A. Van Dyke is assistant professor of history at University of Macau. He has published numerous articles on the history of maritime trade, and has been involved in several projects to advance the history of the Pearl River Delta including the translating and annotating of the Dutch Canton-Macao Dagregisters in English, and the compiling and writing of new histories on the Hong merchant families.

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