Trade and Society

The Amoy Network on the China Coast, 1683-1735

Ng Chin-keong

Trade and Society

Ng Chin-keong

Distributed for National University of Singapore Press

344 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9789971697730 Published November 2014 For sale in North and South America and China only
The book examines the social and economic changes in south Fukien (Fujian) on the southeast coast of China during late imperial times. Faced with land shortages and overpopulation, the rural population of south Fukien turned to the sea in search of fresh opportunities to secure a livelihood. With the tacit support of local officials and the scholar gentry, the merchants played the pivotal role in long-distance trade, and the commercial networks they established spanned the entire China coast, making the port city of Amoy (Xiamen) a major centre for maritime trade.


            In the work, the author discusses four interrelated spheres of activity, namely, the traditional rural sector, the port cities, the coastal trade and the overseas trade links. He argues that the creative use of clan organizations was key to the growth of the Amoy network along the coast as well as overseas.    
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