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Type: Journal article
Title: Commodity chains, mercantile networks and the early years of the Batavia firm of Maclaine Watson (1820-1840)
Author: Knight, G.
Citation: South East Asia Research, 2014; 22(1):87-101
Publisher: IP Publishing
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0967-828X
2043-6874
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G. Roger Knight
Abstract: This paper discusses the foundational history of a major European mercantile house in colonial South East Asia in the context of commercial developments that had both a regional and global reach. In so doing, it seeks to relate a local and historically particular event to a broader world pattern defined by three rapidly evolving commodity chains, based respectively on the production, distribution and consumption of cotton goods, coffee and opium. In this context, the paper argues that the hard-won commercial success of the firm in question resulted from a significant degree of withdrawal from the bilateral ties between colony and metropolis inherent in the cotton and coffee commodity chains. In their place, the firm had recourse to several varieties of the inter-Asian trade, of which the opium commodity chain constituted the key dimension.
Keywords: Batavia; Coffee; Commodities; Cotton Goods; Opium; Trade
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0030017650
DOI: 10.5367/sear.2014.0190
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