Social Fabric of a Collaborative Colonialism

Law Wing Sang

in Collaborative Colonial Power

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099296
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206755 | DOI:
Social Fabric of a Collaborative Colonialism

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This chapter focuses on the emergent formation of collaborative colonialism in the early colonial era: from the First Opium War (1840–1842) to the 1911 Republican Revolution. It notes that long before the Opium Wars, many coastal Chinese were already in close contact with Europeans as a result of the latter's trading in commodities such as tea, porcelain, silk, and foodstuffs. With commercial activities manifest in the coastal Chinese regional networks, in Southeast Asian economies, and in the European dominated New World, a class of elite transnationals arose around Hong Kong and exercised considerable economic clout. It notes that the overall effect of nineteenth-century European colonial expansion in the region was the inclusion of Chinese merchants in the newly arisen global networks; yet the dependence of the Europeans on the Chinese also helped boost the ability of some Chinese merchants to dominate intra-Asian trade, including trade with China.

Keywords: colonialism; First Opium War; Republican Revolution; Europeans; trading; Southeast Asian economies; New World; Hong Kong

Chapter.  9346 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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