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Change of Career:: The Chinese Customs

Isidore Cyril Cannon

in Public Success, Private Sorrow: The Life and Times of Charles Henry Brewitt-Taylor (1857-1938), China Customs Commissioner and Pioneer Translator

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622099616
eISBN:
9789882207301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622099616.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

After the death of his wife, Brewitt-Taylor (B-T) pursued a career change that he had already been considering as it appeared to offer better prospects. He joined the Imperial Chinese Maritime ... More


Empire careers: Working for the Chinese Customs Service, 1854–1949

Catherine Ladds

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780719085482
eISBN:
9781781704974
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719085482.001.0001
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

The Chinese Customs Service was a central pillar of the foreign presence in China, 1854–1949. Its far-reaching responsibilities included collecting duties on foreign trade, establishing China's first ... More


The Rise of the Bond Markets: The Customs Service Becomes a Debt Collector, 1895–1914

Hans van de Ven

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

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231137386
eISBN:
9780231510523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231137386.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter begins by explaining the emergence of a market for Chinese loans in London. It then analyzes the Qing's failed efforts to issue domestic loan bonds to pay for the indemnity Japan imposed ... More


Imperium in Imperio: 1914–1929

Hans van de Ven

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

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231137386
eISBN:
9780231510523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231137386.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter takes the financial story up to the Nationalists' formation of a new government in 1928. It considers how Francis Aglen, Hart's successor at the Customs Service, accumulated financial ... More


Maintaining Integrity, 1937–1949

Hans van de Ven

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

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231137386
eISBN:
9780231510523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231137386.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter follows the Customs Service from the summer of 1937 until the summer of 1952. It records the decline of the Service at various levels, in a variety of places, and in a range of ... More


Tariff Nation, Smugglers’ Nation: The Customs Service in the Nanjing Decade, 1929–1937

Hans van de Ven

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

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231137386
eISBN:
9780231510523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231137386.003.0007
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter focuses on the Customs Service under the Nationalists. It begins with a close analysis of Inspector General Frederick Maze, whose attitude towards the Nationalists was one of upholding ... More


Public Success, Private Sorrow: The Life and Times of Charles Henry Brewitt-Taylor (1857-1938), China Customs Commissioner and Pioneer Translator

Isidore Cyril Cannon

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622099616
eISBN:
9789882207301
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622099616.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

Living most of his adult life as an official in the Chinese Imperial Customs Service, Charles Henry Brewitt-Taylor also achieved distinction as a scholar of Chinese. He prepared a masterly ... More


Robert Hart’s Panopticon

Hans van de Ven

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

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231137386
eISBN:
9780231510523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231137386.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines how Robert Hart built up the Service in the decade after he became Inspector General. Hart made the Customs Service into a disciplined frontier regime, exploiting the spaces ... More


The Birth of a Chameleon

Hans van de Ven

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

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231137386
eISBN:
9780231510523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231137386.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter traces the history of the Customs Service from 1854 until 1864, when the Inspector General was instructed to reside permanently in Beijing. The Customs Service would never have come ... More


Introduction

Hans van de Ven

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

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231137386
eISBN:
9780231510523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231137386.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This introductory chapter begins with a background on the Chinese Maritime Customs Service. The Customs Service was an agency of the Chinese state, headed by the Inspector General. It was one of the ... More


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

Hans van de Ven

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231137386
eISBN:
9780231510523
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231137386.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book describes the role of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, assesses the influence it had on Chinese history and society, and shows how it transformed China's relationship with the world. ... More


The Customs Service During the Self-Strengthening Movement, 1870–1895

Hans van de Ven

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

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231137386
eISBN:
9780231510523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231137386.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

The Self-Strengthening Movement began in the 1860s as a Qing effort to acquire the military means to resist European empires. This chapter considers aspects of the role of the Customs Service that ... More


Burning Money: The Material Spirit of the Chinese Lifeworld

C. Fred Blake

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835323
eISBN:
9780824870379
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835323.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

For a thousand years across the length and breadth of China and beyond, people have burned paper replicas of valuable things—most often money—for the spirits of deceased family members, ancestors, ... More


Chiasm

C. Fred Blake

in Burning Money: The Material Spirit of the Chinese Lifeworld

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835323
eISBN:
9780824870379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835323.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines and explains various aspects of the custom of burning paper money by focusing on the social formation of a material culture itself: the galaxy of papers with its own emergent ... More


Origins

C. Fred Blake

in Burning Money: The Material Spirit of the Chinese Lifeworld

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835323
eISBN:
9780824870379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835323.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter traces the origins of the paper money custom by drawing on ethnology, folklore, and history. It first considers the three ways that people in China and in other parts of the world send ... More


Burlesque

C. Fred Blake

in Burning Money: The Material Spirit of the Chinese Lifeworld

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835323
eISBN:
9780824870379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835323.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines how the paper money custom has turned to burlesque. More specifically, it considers how online news stories from different places around China view the custom in relation to ... More


Epilogue: Echoes and Shadows

Hans van de Ven

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

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231137386
eISBN:
9780231510523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231137386.003.0009
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter presents reflects on the historical significance of the Customs Service. The history of the Customs Service brings out the enormous importance of finance and banking, especially in the ... More


Liturgy

C. Fred Blake

in Burning Money: The Material Spirit of the Chinese Lifeworld

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835323
eISBN:
9780824870379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835323.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explains the meanings and motives behind the paper money custom from the perspective of structuralism. More specifically, it offers a structuralist analysis of the semiotic role of paper ... More


Sacrifice

C. Fred Blake

in Burning Money: The Material Spirit of the Chinese Lifeworld

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835323
eISBN:
9780824870379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835323.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the structures of the lifeworld in which the consecrative handling of the papers is concerned with producing value, a thing of value, in the form of a sacrifice. More ... More


Introduction

C. Fred Blake

in Burning Money: The Material Spirit of the Chinese Lifeworld

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835323
eISBN:
9780824870379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835323.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This book examines the Chinese custom of burning paper money and the extent to which paper money is embedded in the everyday lives of people who use it. More specifically, it considers how people ... More


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