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The Grounding of Cosmopolitans: Merchants and Local Cultures in Guangdong

F Siu Helen

in Becoming Chinese

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219236
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924413 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520219236.003.0006
The Grounding of Cosmopolitans: Merchants and Local Cultures in Guangdong

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This chapter focuses on the merchants and local culture in the Pearl River delta in Guangdong, China. It suggests that the merchants of the Pearl River delta were no more engaged in Republican politics than Tianjin professional elites and explains that the leading merchants were able to create vigorous dialogues with the state by engaging in a language of orthodoxy. It argues that the mercantile cultural cosmopolitanism of maritime China rose in tandem with the decline of the foreign sovereign power of the old continental empire.

Keywords: merchants; local culture; Pearl River delta; Guangdong; China; Republican politics; cosmopolitanism; sovereign power; old continental empire

Chapter.  17955 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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