Objectifying China, Imagining America Chinese Commodities in Early America

ISBN-10: 0226260283
ISBN-13: 9780226260280
Edition: 2011
Authors: Caroline Frank
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

With the ever-expanding presence of China in the global economy, Americans more and more look east for goods and trade. But as Caroline Frank reveals, this is not a new development. China loomed as large in the minds-and account books-of eighteenth-century Americans as it does today. Long before they had achieved independence from Britain and were able to sail to Asia themselves, American mariners, merchants, and consumers were aware of the East Indies and preparing for voyages there. Focusing on the trade and consumption of porcelain, tea, and chinoiserie, Frank shows that colonial Americans saw themselves as part of a world much larger than just Britain and Europe Frank not only recovers the widespread presence of Chinese commodities in early America and the impact of East Indies trade on the nature of American commerce, but also explores the role of the this trade in American state formation. She argues that to understand how Chinese commodities fueled the opening acts of the Revolution, we must consider the power dynamics of the American quest for china-and China-during the colonial period. Filled with fresh and surprising insights, this ambitious study adds new dimensions to the ongoing story of America’s relationship with China.

Caroline Frankis an independent scholar, visiting lecturer in the Department of History at Brown University, and historian for the Greene Farm Archaeology Project.

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Beyond the Atlantic in Anglo-America
The First American China Trade: American Mariners in the Indian Ocean, 1690-1700
Imagining China at Home: Architectural Japanning in Early Newport
Islands of Illicit Refinement: Bohea and Cbaney for the Northern Plantations
The Oriental Aesthetic in Old Yankee Households: China in Northern Colonial Homes
Manly Tea Parties
The Idea of China in Bostons Rebellion
Epilogue: An East Indies Trade for North America
Notes
Index

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