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Russell and Company and the Imperialism of Anglo-american Free Trade

Sibing He

in Narratives of Free Trade

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083534
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209275 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083534.003.0005
Russell and Company and the Imperialism of Anglo-american Free Trade

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This chapter examines one of the largest American trading firms in early nineteenth-century, China, Russell and Co., and discusses how the company worked with private British traders to advocate an imperialist policy of ‘free trade’ in China. It also argues that the intense rivalry between Great Britain and the United States for the China market compelled the U.S. to adopt an autonomous China policy after the Opium War (1839–42).

Keywords: China; United States; Opium War; Great Britain; trade; free trade; imperialism

Chapter.  6515 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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