Whampoa and the Canton Trade：
Life and Death in a Chinese Port, 1700–1842
作者：Paul A. Van Dyke
6″ x 9″, 32 illustrations
Paul A. Van Dyke’s new book, Whampoa and the Canton Trade: Life and Death in a Chinese Port, 1700–1842, authoritatively corrects misconceptions about how the Qing government treated foreigners when it controlled all trade in the Guangzhou port. Van Dyke reappraises the role of Whampoa in the system—a port twenty kilometres away from Guangzhou—and reassesses the government’s attitude towards foreigners, which was much more accommodating than previous research suggested. In fact, Van Dyke shows that foreigners were not bound by local laws and were given freedom of movement around Whampoa and Canton to the extent that they were treated with leniency even when found in off-limit places.
Whampoa and the Canton Trade recounts the lives of seamen who travelled half-way around the globe at great risk and lived through a historic period that would become the framework for subsequent encounters between China and the rest of the world. Were it not for the exchanges between the major powers and the Qing empire, the world—as we know it—would be a rather different place. Hence, Van Dyke’s command of data mining shows that Whampoa was a key pillar in the Canton System and, thus, in the making of the modern world economy.
Paul A. Van Dyke (范岱克) is a full-professor (教授) and doctoral tutor (博士生导师) in the Department of History at Sun Yat-sen University (中山大学). He graduated in 2002 with a PhD in History from the University of Southern California (美国南加州大学). From 1999 to 2004, he worked at several institutions in Macao as an historical researcher (历史研究员), including the Macau Sino-Latin Foundation (澳门中华拉丁基金会), the Macau Historical Archives (澳门历史档案馆) and the Macau Cultural Affairs Bureau (澳门文化局). He also taught history part-time at the University of Macau. In April 2005, he joined the University of Saint Joseph in Macao (澳门圣若瑟大學 formerly IIUM) as Assistant Professor. In September 2006, he accepted a position at the University of Macau (澳门大学) as Assistant Professor to help establish their History Department. In December 2009, he was promoted to Associate Professor (副教授), and from September 2010 to August 2011, he served as the Head of the Department of History (历史系主任) at the University of Macau. In December 2011, he joined the Department of History at Sun Yat-sen University as full-professor (教授), where he is also a recipient of the “One-Hundred Talents” (“百人计划”) project.主要研究领域： 亚洲海洋史、 东西交流史、中印交流史、鸦片战争前广州和澳门海外贸易史、中国商人史、中国帆船贸易史。
还曾出版过：The Private Side of the Canton Trade, 1700–1840: Beyond the Companies (广州贸易史（1700–1840）：公司与商行以外的私营商人)、Merchants of Canton and Macao: Success and Failure in Eighteenth-Century Chinese Trade (广州及澳门商人：18 世纪中外贸易史上的成与败)、Images of the Canton Factories 1760–1822: Reading History in Art (广州十三行图像 1760–1822：艺术中的历史)、Americans and Macao: Trade, Smuggling and Diplomacy on the South China Coast (美国人和澳门：南中国海岸的贸易、走私与外交政策)、Merchants of Canton and Macao: Politics and Strategies in Eighteenth-Century Chinese Trade (广州与澳门的商人：十八世纪贸易的政治与策略)、The Canton Trade: Life and Enterprise on the China Coast, 1700–1845 (广州贸易：中国海岸的生活和企业(1700年至1845年))。