Phillips Library Book Talk: Sino-French Trade at Canton, 1698–1842

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Jul 29 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Free event
Recommended for adults
The Phillips Library invites you to join author Susan Schopp in a discussion of her new book Sino-French Trade at Canton, 1698-1842. Susan will highlight the role the Phillips Library and PEM played in her research on this rich topic.
The French were early among Europeans to take part in direct trade with China through the port of Canton (Guangzhou), where their first merchant vessel arrived in November 1698. Over the decades, their movements were closely watched by their rivals. Their contributions to the trade were both significant and diverse. Drawing on French, other European, and U.S. archival sources and on a range of first-hand personal accounts, the book brings France’s near century and a half in that trade to life.
Susan E. Schopp is a writer and historian with a background in art history. She is a member of the voluntary crew of Friendship of Salem, a full-size reconstruction of the 1797 Salem East Indiaman Friendship. Susan holds a B.A. in art history from Smith College, an M.A. in East Asian studies from Cornell University, a diplôme d’études supérieures in museum studies and a diplôme de recherche in East Asian art from the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Macau.
This program is sponsored by the Copeland Visiting Scholar Fund.