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Elusive Pirates, Pervasive SmugglersViolence and Clandestine Trade in the Greater China Seas$
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Robert J. Antony

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028115

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028115.001.0001

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The Business of Violence:

The Business of Violence:

Piracy around Riau, Lingga, and Singapore, 1820–40

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Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers

Robert J. Antony

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter re-examines piracy and trade around the Malacca Strait in the early nineteenth century, a period of colonial expansion and so-called increased piratical activities. It describes the trade in the area during this period as one of competition and network-formation between Asian, Dutch, and British traders who sought to obtain export commodities for the Chinese market. It highlights the role of piracy in local and regional commercial development and in the formation of colonial states.

Keywords:   piracy, Malacca Strait, competition, network-formation, export commodities, commercial development, colonial states

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