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Tan Hunqua And Family 1713–1781

Paul A. Van Dyke

in Merchants of Canton and Macao

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9789888028917
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9789882208650 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028917.003.0007
Tan Hunqua And Family 1713–1781

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Tan Hunqua should rightfully be classed among the founding fathers of the trade. His family business paralleled that of his adversary, Tan Suqua, almost from beginning to end. He never reached the wealth and prestige of Suqua, but was by far, the greatest free trade advocate of all his contemporaries, including those who came before him and those who appeared a hundred years after him. In many respects, his ideas were far ahead of his time. But China was not ready for the level of free trade he advocated in the 1730s resulting in very few of his policies being implemented. The family business survived many decades, but was eventually brought down by the changes of the 1770s.

Keywords: commerce; monopoly; free trade; bankruptcy; China

Chapter.  9619 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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