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Mr. Smith Goes to China: Three Scots in the Making of Britain's Global Empire
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    Jessica Hanser
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    Yale University Press

Mr. Smith Goes to China: Three Scots in the Making of Britain's Global Empire

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  • Jessica Hanser
  • Yale University Press
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  • 9780300236088
  • 9.3 X 6.1 X 0.8 inches
  • 1.1 pounds
  • History > Modern - 18th Century
  • English
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An illuminating account of global commerce in the eighteenth-century Indian Ocean world as seen through the lives of three Scottish traders

This book delves into the lives of three Scottish private traders--George Smith of Bombay, George Smith of Canton, and George Smith of Madras--and uses them as lenses through which to explore the inner workings of Britain's imperial expansion and global network of trade, revealing how an unstable credit system and a financial crisis ultimately led to greater British intervention in India and China.

Mr. Smith Goes to China: Three Scots in the Making of Britain's Global Empire

Author Bio

My research explores connections, relationships and interactions between Britain and China from 1600 until the First Opium War (1839–1842). 

My new book project focuses on Britain’s involvement in slavery and human trafficking in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea between 1600 and 1850. Methodologically, 

I am interested in playing with scale in  history and experimenting with the intersection between global and local, macro and microhistory.

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  • Research
     
  • Early Modern Britain; 
  • Economic History; 
  • Great Divergence; Drugs in History; 
  • China and the West; 
  • Qing China; Slavery; 
  • British Empire; 
  • Microhistory; Global History

 

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  • Ph.D., Yale University, Department of History, 2012
    M.Phil., University of Cambridge, Department of History, 2004
    A.B., University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology, 2003
    Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
     

Source: The University of British Columbia 

 

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