Water Frontier: Commerce and the Chinese in the Lower Mekong Region, 1750-1880

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Nola Cooke, Tana Li
Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - History - 202 pages
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This innovative book rethinks the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century history of coastal and riverine southwest Indochina, the 'water frontier' of the title. It repositions old state-centered histories to reveal the region as a single, multiethnic economic zone knit together by the itineraries of junk traders and by the activities of many southern Chinese, settlers, sojourners, and merchants, whose local significance it explores. In so doing, it pioneers a new, nationally-neutral way of perceiving this dynamic region.
  

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Contents

The Water Frontier An Introduction
1
Chinese Trade and Southeast Asian Economic Expansion in the Later Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries An Overview
21
EighteenthCentury Chinese Pioneers on the Water Frontier of Indochina
35
The Junk Trade between South China and Nguyen Vietnam in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries
53
The LateEighteenth and EarlyNineteenthCentury Mekong Delta in the Regional Trade System
71
The Nguyen Dynastys Policy toward Chinese on the Water Frontier in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
85
Siam and the Contest for Control of the TransMekong Trading Networks from the Late Eighteenth to the MidNineteenth Centuries
101
Ships and Shipbuilding in the Mekong Delta c 17501840
119
Water World Chinese and Vietnamese on the Riverine Water Frontier from Ca Mau to Tonle Sap c 18501884
139
The Internationalization of Chinese Revenue Farming Networks
159
A Coastal Route from the Lower Mekong Delta to Terengganu
175
Glossary
191
Index
195
About the Contributors
201
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Nola Cooke is research fellow in the Research School of Pacific Studies, The Australian National University.
Li Tana is senior fellow in the Research School of Pacific Studies, The Australian National University.

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