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Chinese merchants have traded with Southeast Asia for centuries, sojourning and sometimes settling, during their voyages. These ventures have taken place by land and by sea, over mountains and across deserts, linking China with vast stretches of Southeast Asia in a broad, mercantile embrace. Chinese Circulations provides an unprecedented overview of this trade, its scope, diversity, and complexity. This collection of twenty groundbreaking essays foregrounds the commodities that have linked China and Southeast Asia over the centuries, including fish, jade, metal, textiles, cotton, rice, opium, timber, books, and edible birds’ nests. Human labor, the Bible, and the coins used in regional trade are among the more unexpected commodities considered. In addition to focusing on a certain time period or geographic area, each of the essays explores a particular commodity or class of commodities, following its trajectory from production, through exchange and distribution, to consumption.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. List of Maps
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. Wang Gungwu
  3. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction: The Arc of Historical Commercial Relations between China and Southeast Asia
  2. Wen-Chin Chang and Eric Tagliacozzo
  3. pp. 1-18
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  1. Part I. Theoretical/Longue Durée
  1. Chinese on the Mining Frontier in Southeast Asia
  2. Anthony Reid
  3. pp. 21-36
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  1. Cotton, Copper, and Caravans: Trade and the Transformation of Southwest China
  2. C. Patterson Giersch
  3. pp. 37-61
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  1. The Social Life of Chinese Labor
  2. Adam McKeown
  3. pp. 62-83
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  1. Opium as a Commodity in the Chinese Nanyang Trade
  2. Carl A. Trocki
  3. pp. 84-104
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  1. Part II. Precolonial
  1. The Lidai Baoan and the Ryukyu Maritime Tributary Trade Network with China and Southeast Asia, the Fourteenth to Seventeenth Centuries
  2. Takeshi Hamashita
  3. pp. 107-129
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  1. Cochinchinese Coin Casting and Circulating in Eighteenth-Century Southeast Asia
  2. Li Tana
  3. pp. 130-148
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  1. Import of Prosperity: Luxurious Items Imported from China to Siam during the Thonburi and Early Rattanakosin Periods (1767–1854)
  2. Masuda Erika
  3. pp. 149-171
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  1. A Sino-Indonesian Commodity Chain: The Trade in Tortoiseshell in the Late Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
  2. Heather Sutherland
  3. pp. 172-200
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  1. Part III. Early Colonial
  1. From Baoshi to Feicui: Qing-Burmese Gem Trade, c. 1644–1800
  2. Sun Laichen
  3. pp. 203-220
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  1. Junks to Java: Chinese Shipping to the Nanyang in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century
  2. Leonard Blussé
  3. pp. 221-258
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  1. Chinese Books and Printing in the Early Spanish Philippines
  2. Lucille Chia
  3. pp. 259-282
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  1. The End of the “Age of Commerce”?: Javanese Cotton Trade Industry from the Seventeenth to the Eighteenth Centuries
  2. Kwee Hui Kian
  3. pp. 283-302
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  1. Part IV. High Colonial
  1. The Power of Culture and Its Limits: Taiwanese Merchants’ Asian Commodity Flows, 1895–1945
  2. Man-houng Lin
  3. pp. 305-335
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  1. Rice Trade and Chinese Rice Millers in the Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Centuries: The Case of British Malaya
  2. Wu Xiao An
  3. pp. 336-359
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  1. Tonle Sap Processed Fish: From Khmer Subsistence Staple to Colonial Export Commodity
  2. Nola Cooke
  3. pp. 360-379
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  1. Moses’s Rod: The Bible as a Commodity in Southeast Asia and China
  2. Jean DeBernardi
  3. pp. 380-404
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  1. Part V. Postcolonial
  1. Market Price, Labor Input, and Relation of Production in Sarawak’s Edible Birds’ Nest Trade
  2. Bien Chiang
  3. pp. 407-431
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  1. A Sino-Southeast Asian Circuit: Ethnohistories of the Marine Goods Trade
  2. Eric Tagliacozzo
  3. pp. 432-454
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  1. From a Shiji Episode to the Forbidden Jade Trade during the Socialist Regime in Burma
  2. Wen-Chin Chang
  3. pp. 455-479
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  1. Conflict Timber along the China-Burma Border: Connecting the Global Timber Consumer with Violent Extraction Sites
  2. Kevin Woods
  3. pp. 480-506
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 507-508
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 509-536
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822393573
Related ISBN
9780822348818
MARC Record
OCLC
1132229381
Pages
552
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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