Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press ; London : Eurospan [distributor], 2005.
Book — 1 online resource (xvii, 284 pages) : illustrations, map Digital: data file.
List of Tables; Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Introduction: China Opens Its Doors to the World; Chapter One
Forging the Canton System; Chapter Two
Canton Customs Procedures; Chapter Three
Piloting the Pearl River; Chapter Four
Compradors and The Provisions Trade; Chapter Five
Linguists; Color Plates; Chapter Six
Administrative Initiatives and Shortcomings; Chapter Seven
Flag Boats, Silver, Contraband and Rice; Chapter Eight
Macao Trade, Junk Trade, Capital Market and Commission Merchants; Chapter Nine
The Canton Trade in Retrospect.
This study utilizes a wide range of new source materials to reconstruct the day-to-day operations of the port of Canton during the eighteenth and first half of the nineteenth centuries. Using a bottom-up approach, it provides a fresh look at the successes and failures of the trade by focusing on the practices and procedures rather than on the official policies and protocols.