Breaking with the Past: The Maritime Customs Service and the Global Origins of Modernity in China by Hans Van de Ven

Breaking with the Past: The Maritime Customs Service and the Global Origins of Modernity in China

byHans Van de Ven

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From 1854 to 1952, the Chinese Maritime Customs Service delivered one-third to one-half of all revenue available to China's central authorities. Much more than a tax collector, the institution managed China's harbors and surveyed the Chinese coast. It oversaw a college training Chinese diplomats; translated legal, philosophical, economic, and scientific documents; organized contributions to international exhibitions; and pioneered China's modern postal system. After the 1911 Revolution, the agency began managing China's international loans and domestic bond issues, and in the 1930s, it created a coast guard to combat smuggling. The Customs Service was central to China's post-Taiping entrance into the world of modern nation-states and twentieth-century trade and finance, and this is the first comprehensive history of the Customs Service's activities and truly cosmopolitan nature. At times, the Service kept China together when little else did.

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Hans van de Ven is professor of modern Chinese history at Cambridge University. He has written extensively on China's military history and the history of the Chinese revolution.
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Title:Breaking with the Past: The Maritime Customs Service and the Global Origins of Modernity in ChinaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 25, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231510527

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Graphs and Tables
Conventions
Introduction
1. The Birth of a Chameleon
2. Robert Hart's Panopticon
3. The Customs Service During the Self-Strengthening Movement, 1870--1895
4. The Rise of the Bond Markets: The Customs Service Becomes a Debt Collector, 1895--1914
5. Imperium in Imperio
6. Tariff Nation, Smugglers' Nation: The Customs Service in the Nanjing Decade, 1929--1937
7. Maintaining Integrity, 1937--1949
Epilogue: Echoes and Shadows
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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