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Westerners in China : a history of exploration and trade, ancient times through the present
Stockwell, Foster.
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2003]

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vi, 226 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Some basic facts about China -- Those who came by three Silk Roads -- China's first contacts with the West -- The legacy of Marco Polo -- Jesuits in China -- Prized goods from China -- Early Western exploration in Tibet and Yunnan -- Aftermath of the Opium War -- Americans and the China trade -- Role of missionaries in exploration, trade, and culture in China -- Przhevalsky : the man and the horse -- Distaff explorers -- The last imperialist -- Cities buried in sand -- Rocks and culture -- An American dinosaur hunter -- The giant panda argument -- The communist revolution -- The New Zealander who won the hearts of the Chinese -- Rapid growth of China's economy -- Illusion and reality.
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Today the doors of China are opening to foreign investment and trade as never before, but the history of contact between China and the West goes back many centuries. Goods from China were being traded in Rome long before the birth of Christ, transported over the famous silk road that crossed Mongolia and Russia. But not until the mid-fifteenth century, when Marco Polo published his account of his travels, did China really capture the European imagination. Subsequent centuries saw missionary trips to China by Franciscans and Jesuits, a European craze for Chinese silk and porcelain, European visits to Tibet, the infamous Opium War between Britain and China, and further instances of contact, commerce, and conflict. China has shown amazing economic growth since 1949, and today it has set ambitious goals for growth in trade and technology. This book traces the history of Western exploration in and trade with China. It follows the events outlined above and touches on many other highlights, including exploration by the Russian Nikolay Przhevalsky, who traveled deep into China and today is largely remembered for the horse he discovered and identified there; the travels of nineteenth-century women explorers in China; American Roy Chapman's discovery of the first fossilized dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert; and the competition between two American explorers to be the first to capture a live panda. Also included are a chronology of Chinese history and a pronunciation guide.

Author Notes

Foster Stockwell is a publishing consultant for Chinese publishers and authors

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Choice Review

For various reasons--i.e., trade, exploration, and knowledge--Westerners have long traveled to China. In this brief and fascinating book, Stockwell writes about the exploits of some of these prominent individuals. They include Marco Polo, who journeyed to China to meet the Mongol ruler Kublai Khan; missionaries, such as the Jesuit Matteo Ricci, who hoped to interest the Chinese in learning about Christianity; Roy Chapman Andrews, who discovered fossilized dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert; and Rewi Alley, who started industrial cooperatives and educational projects in 20th-century China. Stockwell provides background information interspersed throughout several chapters about China, its economy, and the prospects for penetrating its market. Unfortunately, he does not use notes to document sources for his statements throughout the volume. Nevertheless, the book provides a glimpse of colorful figures that may entice readers to read more on their own. Suitable for a general audience. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels and collections. F. Ng California State University, Fresno

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
1. Some Basic Facts About Chinap. 3
2. Those Who Came by Three Silk Roadsp. 13
3. China's First Contacts with the Westp. 22
4. The Legacy of Marco Polop. 32
5. Jesuits in Chinap. 42
6. Prized Goods from Chinap. 52
7. Early Western Exploration in Tibet and Yunnanp. 63
8. Aftermath of the Opium Warp. 74
9. Americans and the China Tradep. 86
10. Role of Missionaries in Exploration, Trade, and Culture in Chinap. 95
11. Przhevalsky: The Man and the Horsep. 105
12. Distaff Explorersp. 114
13. The Last Imperialistp. 123
14. Cities Buried in Sandp. 132
15. Rocks and Culturep. 141
16. An American Dinosaur Hunterp. 150
17. The Giant Panda Argumentp. 160
18. The Communist Revolutionp. 170
19. The New Zealander Who Won the Hearts of the Chinesep. 180
20. Rapid Growth of China's Economyp. 191
21. Illusion and Realityp. 203
Appendix 1 Chronology of Chinese Historyp. 213
Appendix 2 Other China Explorers of Notep. 215
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 223