4/9/2009 2:10:34 PM
Subject: ch. 5: china and the maritime world, 1517-1683
The world of Manila, Macau, Batavia, Hoi An, Ayutthaya, Xiamen, and Taiwan was made by the maritime Chinese. It became the conduit for a long inflow of silver that had profound effects on the Chinese economy and society. Roman Catholicism and Chinese conversion to it were normal features of this milieu. For historically contingent reasons maritime China was deeply estranged from the Qing state and its dominant elites, and this estrangement contributed to the elites' profound ignorance of the maritime world that would batter down China's doors in the Opium War.
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