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Wang, Shuo

Negotiating Friendships

A Canton Merchant Between East and West in the Early 19th Century

Series:Critical Readings in Global Intellectual History 3

DE GRUYTER OLDENBOURG

    85,95 € / $98.99 / £78.00*

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    Publication Date:
    2020
    To be published:
    April 2020
    ISBN
    978-3-11-062599-8
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    Social network are nowadays inherent parts of our lives and highly developed communication technique helps us maintain our relationships. But how did it work in the early 19th century, in a time without cell phones and internet? A Chinese Hong Merchant in Canton Trade named Houqua (1769-1843), who lived in isolated Qing China, gives us an outstanding answer. Despite various barriers in cultures, languages, political situations and his identity as a Chinese merchant strictly under control of the Qing government, Houqua established a commercial network across three continents: Asia, North America and Europe. This book will not only uncover his secrets and actions in his Chinese social network especially patronage relationships in traditional Chinese society, but also reconstruct his intercultural network, including his unique and even "modern" friendship with some American traders which lasted almost half a century after Houqua´s death.

    Details

    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    Approx. 312 pages
    38 Fig.
    DE GRUYTER OLDENBOURG
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Monograph
    Keyword(s):
    friendship, patronage, intercultural relationship, social network, Guanxi, trust, loyalty, Canton Trade, the Hong Merchants, Chinese cultural and social history

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