Interlopers, Rogues, or Cosmopolitans? Wu Jianzhang and Early Modern Commercial Networks on the China Coast

@article{Perdue2018InterlopersRO,
  title={Interlopers, Rogues, or Cosmopolitans? Wu Jianzhang and Early Modern Commercial Networks on the China Coast},
  author={P. Perdue},
  journal={Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review},
  year={2018},
  volume={7},
  pages={70-92}
}
  • P. Perdue
  • Published 2018
  • Sociology
  • Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review
After the First Opium War (1839–1842), British and American merchants negotiated with Chinese officials in Shanghai to work out the framework of the new treaty port regime. One key player in these negotiations was Wu Jianzhang, a Cantonese merchant who became circuit intendant of the Shanghai region. Wu, however, also had links to Cantonese sailors and antiQing secret societies. When the Small Swords Society took Shanghai in 1853, he found himself entangled in conflicting responsibilities and… Expand

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