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Water Frontier : Commerce and the Chinese in the Lower Mekong Region, 1750-1880 - Nola Cooke

Water Frontier

Commerce and the Chinese in the Lower Mekong Region, 1750-1880

By: Nola Cooke (Editor), Li Tana (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9780742530836
Number Of Pages: 216

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Water Frontier focuses principally on southwest Indochina (from modern southern Vietnam into eastern Cambodia and southwestern Thailand), which it calls the Lower Mekong region. The book's excellent contributors argue that, during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, this area formed a single trading zone woven together by the regular itineraries of thousands of large and small junk traders. This zone in turn formed a regional component of the wider trade networks that linked southern China to all of Southeast Asia. This is the "water frontier" of the title, a sparsely settled coastal and riverine frontier region of mixed ethnicities and often uncertain settlements in which the waterborne trade and commerce of a long string of small ports was essential to local life. This innovative book uses the water frontier concept to reposition old nation-state oriented histories and decenter modern dominant cultures and ethnicities to reveal a different local past. It expands and deepens our understanding of the time and place as well as of the multiple roles played by Chinese sojourners, settlers, and junk traders in their interactions with a kaleidoscope of local peoples.

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A very persuasive argument that is sure to stimulate new scholarship in the coming years . . . Breaks ground with a wide range of topics that elaborate a coherent vision.--Keith Taylor "Asian Studies Review "

List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
The Water Frontier: An Introductionp. 1
Permeable Frontiers: Chinese Trade and Traders in the Region
Chinese Trade and Southeast Asian Economic Expansion in the Later Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries: An Overviewp. 21
Eighteenth-Century Chinese Pioneers on the Water Frontier of Indochinap. 35
The Junk Trade between South China and Nguyen Vietnam in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuriesp. 53
Commercial Eddies and Flows
The Late-Eighteenth- and Early-Nineteenth-Century Mekong Delta in the Regional Trade Systemp. 71
The Nguyen Dynasty's Policy toward Chinese on the Water Frontier in the First Half of the Nineteenth Centuryp. 85
Siam and the Contest for Control of the Trans-Mekong Trading Networks from the Late Eighteenth to the Mid-Nineteenth Centuriesp. 101
Ships and Shipbuilding in the Mekong Delta, c. 1750-1840p. 119
Beyond the Water Frontier
Water World: Chinese and Vietnamese on the Riverine Water Frontier, from Ca Mau to Tonle Sap (c. 1850-1884)p. 139
The Internationalization of Chinese Revenue Farming Networksp. 159
A "Coastal Route" from the Lower Mekong Delta to Terengganup. 175
Glossaryp. 191
Indexp. 195
About the Contributorsp. 201
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ISBN: 9780742530836
ISBN-10: 0742530833
Series: World Social Change
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.19  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.28