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Distant Shores

Colonial Encounters on China's Maritime Frontier

Melissa Macauley



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Princeton University Pres
15 July 2021
A pioneering history that transforms our understanding of the colonial era and China's place in it
China has conventionally been considered a land empire whose lack of maritime and colonial reach contributed to its economic decline after the mid-eighteenth century. Distant Shores challenges this view, showing that the economic expansion of south
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780691213484
ISBN 10:   0691213488
Series:   Histories of Economic Life
Pages:   376
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Melissa Macauley is associate professor of history at Northwestern University. She is the author of Social Power and Legal Culture: Litigation Masters in Late Imperial China.

Reviews for Distant Shores: Colonial Encounters on China's Maritime Frontier

[A] deeply researched study. . . . Distant Shores succeeds in its objective to further nuance the conventional narrative of China's decline throughout the long 19th century by shifting the gaze to the southeastern littoral. ---Yorim Spoelder, Asian Review of Books

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