|Resources for Teachers
and Students (Lessons 1
Bowden, Elbert. Economics Through the Looking Glass. New York: Harper and
A clearly written book explaining economic theories and how they have been
applied in different places at different times that both students and teachers
The review of mercantilism included in Lesson 1 of this curriculum unit is taken
from this book.
Cobblestone. “Salem and the East Indies Trade” v. 9, no. 9. September
This issue of the Peabody Museum’s “history magazine for young
devoted to short articles (about 1 page each) about the early American trade
with China. It does not offer a more in-depth look at any of the topics covered
in this curriculum unit, but it is very easy to read and includes a few activities
and games, making it appropriate for middle school students. Back issues of Cobblestone
are available by writing to:
Cobblestone: The History Magazine for Young People
20 Grove Street
Peterborough, NH 03458
Hawes, Dorothy Schurman. To The Farthest Gulf: The
Story of the American China
Trade. Ipswich, MA: The Ipswich Press, 1990.
This small book covers all the main topics related to the American China trade.
The system by which trade was carried out once ships arrived in Chinese ports
is described in one chapter, while other chapters discuss the fur trade, the
spice trade, the role of missionaries, and the rise and decline of the early
Three books for teachers that cover the involvement of the United States in
the Pacific. Each has a slightly different focus, but they all cover the ideas
in this unit.
- Caruthers, J. Wade. American Pacific Ocean Trade. New York: Exposition Press,
- Dudden, Arthur Power. The American Pacific: From the Old China Trade
to the Present. New York: Oxford UP, 1992.
- Johnson, Donald D. The United States in the Pacific: Private Interests
Policies, 1784-1899. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1995.
Paine, Ralph D. The Ships and Sailors of Old Salem. New York: The Outing
Publishing Co., 1908.
A compilation of journals and true stories of Salem seamen, including the
first American voyages to China, Japan, India, and the Philippines. Lots of
source material, including descriptions by early American seamen of places and
ports in the Pacific like Guam, Manila, Batavia (Jakarta), and Canton. This
book is old and probably hard to find, but much of the more interesting source
is reprinted elsewhere - in the Cobblestone issue listed above, for example.
Watt, John R. Qianlong Meets Macartney: Collision
of Two World Views. Cambridge
MA: Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University, 1997.
This is a play written for Middle and High School students to allow them to
dramatize the historic visit of England’s Lord Macartney to China in 1793.
The visit itself was unsuccessful in achieving Britain’s aims, but the
meeting is worth studying because it shows the clash of world views and assumptions
trade, national identity, and progress between China and western Europe. Additional
information about the play is included in Lesson
3 of this unit. The play is
125 Walnut St.
Watertown MA 02472
The play was also published in Education About Asia (EAA) and can be found
on the EAA sample articles web page.