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.    
Contents
List of Tables, Figures, Maps and Plates
List of Appendices
Administrative Unites in Fukien, 1735
Lists of Fukien Governors-General, Governors and Naval Commanders, 1683-1735
Weights, Measures and Currencies
Abbreviations Used in Footnotes
Note on Romanization
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the 1983 Edition
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction

Chapter 1: Rural South Fukien 1600-1800
Economic Conditions
Social Conditions
The Rural Exodus
 
Chapter 2: The Rise of Amoy
From Garrison Post to Rebel Base
Legitimation as a Maritime Centre
Urban Migration and Social Integration
 
Chapter 3: The Coastal Trading Network of Amoy
Growth and the Taiwan Factor
Coastal Trade
Coastal Shipping
 
Chapter 4: Merchants
Shipowners and Carriers
Travelling Merchants
Rice and Sugar Merchants in Taiwan
Shopkeepers and Hang Merchants in Amoy
Extraparochial Connections
 
Chapter 5: The Socio-political Environment
The State and Trade
Provincial Authorities
Fukienese Scholars and Officals
 
Conclusion
Appendices
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
 
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