This is the biography of the legendary reformer, intellectual and colonial governor, Sir John Bowring (1792-1872). Bowring was the archetype of the ambitious men who made Britain the leading global power in the 19th century. He was a high-profile advocate of free trade. As a member of the parliament he supported full suffrage and other radical causes. He then became an industrial entrepreneur. And in 1848, he took a job as consul in Canton, which led to the governorship of Hong Kong. This book brings his life and disparate achievements together, with a particular emphasis on his role in promoting free trade.
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