Taipans - Hong Kong's Merchant Princes


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The Taipans is a popular account of Hong Kong's merchant princes from the origins of the first trading houses in eighteenth-century Canton and Macau to the beginning of the First World War. The early taipans, hard-headed business men from Britain, the USA, and India, built up immense fortunes from the opium trade. In the 1830s a single company, Jardine & Matheson, controlled one-third of China's foreign trade. In later years some of the original trading houses diversified successfully while others crashed into bankruptcy. ...

The Taipans: Hong Kong's Merchant Princes 1991, Oxford University Press, USA, Hong Kong

ISBN-13: 9780195853735

2nd Revised edition

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Taipans - Hong Kong's Merchant Princes 1981, Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN-13: 9780195804959