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Opium and the beginnings of Chinese capitalism in Southeast Asia

Trocki, Carl A. (2002) Opium and the beginnings of Chinese capitalism in Southeast Asia. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 33(2), pp. 297-314.

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Abstract

This paper deals with the relationship between opium revenue farming and the development of capitalist enterprises in Southeast Asia. It examines the role which opium played in the transformation of all Asian economies during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. While few would argue that the unprecedented expansion of the opium trade by European traders had a major, usually destructive impact on Asian economic systems and political and social institutions, the long term results of opium in the Asian, particularly in the Southeast Asian economies is less well understood. Most specifically, the opium farming systems, which existed in, virtually every Southeast Asian state (as well as parts of China and India) were important adjuncts of capitalist development in the region.

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ID Code: 8686
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: History, opium, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Chinese business, capitalism, opium farming
DOI: 10.1017/S0022463402000152
ISSN: 0022-4634
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Economic History (140203)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Asian History (210302)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Cambridge University Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 18 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2010 11:32

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