Trade and Empire in Early Nineteenth-Century Southeast Asia: Gillian Maclaine and his Business Network - Worlds of the East India Company v. 11 (Hardback)G. Roger Knight (author)
Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 19/11/2015
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This book explores European mercantile activity in Southeast Asia at a time when trade in this part of the world was being transformed and extended much more widely. Based on extensive original research including in newly discovered archives, the book reveals, through the study of one particular merchant and his extensive network, how trade in the region worked. It outlines the activities of Gillian Maclaine, a young Scottish "adventurer" (his word) who came to the region in about 1816 and established an enduring business in Batavia (present day Jakarta), trading in cotton goods and coffee, and later in opium. It examines the multi-faceted nature of such a trading network, including the wide scope of commodity chains, the associated link between colony and colonial metropole, and the many tensions between colonial powers, in this case the Dutch and the British, and with local polities. The book demonstrates that Southeast Asian maritime trade was every bit as important to European worldwide commercial networks as the trade with India and China, which have been much more extensively studied, and it contributes to current scholarly debates about western imperialism, colonialism and the nature of empire. G. Roger Knight is an Associate Professor in the School of History and Politics in the University of Adelaide. He has published three previous books and numerous journal articles on the economic and social history of Southeast Asia.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 506 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 23 mm
An elegantly written, handsomely produced volume [that] deserves a wide readership amongst business, imperial, global and Asian historians. HISTORY [An] empirically rich and analytically nuanced study [and] a valuable read for anyone who is interested in global histories of material circulation and exchange. JOURNAL OF THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES OF SOUTHEAST ASIA Knight offers an entrepreneur with real flesh and blood, whose fortunes were shaped as much by deep social and psychological motivations, religious and ethnic affiliations, personal relationships, and even marriage, as they were by dry, rational calculation. Knight makes business history accessible and enjoyable for audiences frequently daunted by the subject. JOURNAL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY HISTORY
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