Abstract

Under the leadership of the Irishman Robert Hart (Inspector General from 1863 to 1911), the Chinese Maritime Customs Service functioned as a semiindependent monopolistic organization, and continually expanded its involvement in various sectors of the Chinese government and society. This paper aims to discuss the manner in which the CMCS told its story through life writing and other publications, and promoted its interests on the basis of Hart’s personal history and his successors’ determination to ground their authority in his stewardship.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 69-92
Launched on MUSE
2014-11-04
Open Access
No
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