The Swedish East India Company and Tureholm Castle
In the world of the 18th-century imagination, China became a paradise, a heavenly kingdom on earth full of delights and harmony, where everyone lived a life of plenty under the wise guidance of the emperor, an enlightened kingdom based upon the principles of Confucian philosophy. China had something for everyone. While the aristocracy were attracted by Chinese luxury and exoticism, supporters of the Enlightenment admired Chinese civil servants, the mandarins, who were recruited on merit rather than by accident of birth. China became the utopian mirage of the 18th century.
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