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Chinese revenue farms and borders in Southeast Asia

Trocki, Carl A. (2009) Chinese revenue farms and borders in Southeast Asia. Modern Asian Studies, 43(1), pp. 335-362.

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This article examines the role of Chinese revenue farmers in defining the borders of the various colonial territories and the states of Southeast Asia during the nineteenth century. Their significance has largely been neglected in writing on the formation of state boundaries. Nicholas Tarling notes, 'Between the late eighteenth and the early twentieth almost all southeast Asia was divided into colonies or protectorates held by the Western powers, and new boundaries were drawn with the object of avoiding conflict among them.'(Tarling, 2001:44). This paper argues that Chinese revenue farmers were of considerable significance in giving substance to the formalistic pronouncements of remote diplomats and statesmen.

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ID Code: 10605
Item Type: Journal Article
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DOI: 10.1017/S0026749X07003393
ISSN: 0026-749X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Asian History (210302)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:49

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