The Business of Violence:

Robert J. Antony

in Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028115
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206915 | DOI:
The Business of Violence:

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This chapter re-examines piracy and trade around the Malacca Strait in the early nineteenth century, a period of colonial expansion and so-called increased piratical activities. It describes the trade in the area during this period as one of competition and network-formation between Asian, Dutch, and British traders who sought to obtain export commodities for the Chinese market. It highlights the role of piracy in local and regional commercial development and in the formation of colonial states.

Keywords: piracy; Malacca Strait; competition; network-formation; export commodities; commercial development; colonial states

Chapter.  5856 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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