In the 18th and 19th centuries, relations between China and the West were defined by the Qing dynasty’s strict restrictions on foreign access and by the West’s imperial ambitions. Cultural, political and economic interactions were often fraught, with suspicion and misunderstanding on both sides. Yet trade flourished and there were instances of cultural exchange and friendship, running counter to the official narrative.
Tribute and Trade: China and Global Modernity explores encounters between China and the West during this period and beyond, into the early 20th century, through examples drawn from art, literature, science, politics, music, cooking, clothing and more. How did China and the West see each other, how did they influence each other, and what were the lasting legacies of this contact?
Angela Dunstan lectures in Victorian literature at Queen Mary, University of London.
Elizabeth Chang is associate professor of English at the University of Missouri.
Peter Kitson is Professor of English in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
Q.S. Tong is a professor of English at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou.
Robert Markley is the W.D. and Sara E. Trowbridge Professor of English, Writing Studies and East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois.
William Christie is Head of the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University and an honorary research associate at the University of Sydney.
Introduction by William Christie
- 'That full complement of riches': China and the problems of political economy in Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations by Robert Markley
- Cultural cross-dressing in the House of Pankeequa by William Christie
- The Lady Hughes affair, extraterritoriality, and the limits of liberalism by Q. S. Tong
- Once upon a time in 1784: American mercantile biographies and the romance of free trade imperialism by Kendall A. Johnson
- 'What stories I shall have to tell!': mediating China in the writings of Charles Lamb and Thomas Manning by James Watt
- Global contracts of Canton in the Qing Dynasty: a discussion of export painting by Yinghe Jiang
- 'A desperate traffic': John Francis Davis, China, the opium trade and the first opium war by Peter Kitson
- Walter Scott's writing, collecting and reading China by Kang-yen Chiu
- 'Sheer memory': the Victorian idea of Confucian education by Dongqing Wang
- The life and death of Augustus Raymond Margary by Elizabeth Hope Chang
- Linguistic nationalism and its discontents: Chinese latinisation and its practice of equality by Lorraine Wong
About the contributors
Size: 210 × 148 × 16 mm
Publication: 01 Jun 2020
Series: China and the West in the Modern World