China Bound

'China Bound' is not only a magisterial business history that reads like a novel, it is also a captivating history of China and Hong Kong, seen through the lens of business.
'China Bound' is not only a magisterial business history that reads like a novel, it is also a captivating history of China and Hong Kong, seen through the lens of business.

William C Kirby, T M Chang Professor of China Studies, Harvard University
Published in March 2020, China Bound is the sixth book by Robert Bickers, Professor of History at Bristol University and renowned historian of modern China. China Bound charts the story of John Swire & Sons, its family owners and staff, its operations, its successes and disasters, as it endured wars, uprisings and revolutions – China's, Britain's, Japan's – and the twists and turns of the global economy.

This book has been some years in the making. Eight to be precise. Professor Bickers was approached by JS&S in 2012 to see if he might be interested to write a new, updated, history of the firm. All were agreed that this was to be Professor Bicker's book, his words, his interpretation, his 'warts and all' account. Granted unfettered access to the Swire archives the project took Professor Bickers to unexpected places – both geographic and figurative – and the scale and timeframe for the book grew accordingly.

"China Bound: John Swire & Sons and its world, 1816 – 1980" by Robert Bickers (ISBN: 9781472949943) is published by Bloomsbury and can be purchased from them online; it is also available from good bookshops.
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