The Origins of Chinese Maritime Expansion

Trocki, Carl A. (2004) The Origins of Chinese Maritime Expansion. In Workshop: “Southeast Asia: The Sea as Center, Center for Asian Studies, 28-29 February 2004, University of California, Irvine. (Unpublished)


One of the key issues we need to think about when we look at Southeast Asia at the beginning of the 18th century is the question of labor, or manpower, or population in general. All estimates (Reid 1988) of the period (and they are very rough) show a relative dearth of population in comparison to East Asia, South Asia and the Mediterranean basin. This was particularly true of the parts of Southeast Asia washed by the South China Sea, with the possible exception of the upper Gulf of Tongkin region. Thus the need to gather together and control population was always one of the main concerns of states.

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ID Code: 680
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: China, chinese, population, labor, manpower, maritime expansion, 18th century, history, historical, Carl Trocki
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Asian History (210302)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 20 Jan 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 09:42

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