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Dr. Robert P. Gardella

Professor Emeritus, Humanities

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  • Ph.D. University of Washington (Seattle)
  • M.A. University of Washington (Seattle)
  • B.A. Rice University (Houston, Texas)


R. Gardella. Harvesting Mountains: Fujian and the China Tea Trade, 1757-1937. University of California Press, 1994.

R. Gardella, J.K. Leonard and A McElderry, eds. Chinese Business History: Interpretive Trends and Priorities for the Future. M.E. Sharpe, 1998.

M. Zelin, J. Ocko and R. Gardella, eds. Contract and Property in Early Modern China. Stanford University Press, 2004.

R. Gardella, ed. Missions to China’s Heartland: The Letters of Hazel Todd of the China Inland Mission, 1920-1941. MerwinAsia Press, 2009.

Current Research: Comparative history of the Qin-Han Chinese and Roman empires (a Co-authored textbook project now under contract).

Research Interests

Chinese economic and business history, late imperial and modern eras.

Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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