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Government, Imperialism and Nationalism in China: The Maritime Customs Service and Its Chinese Staff: The Maritime Customs Service and Its Chinese Staff Chihyun Chang

Government, Imperialism and Nationalism in China: The Maritime Customs Service and Its Chinese Staff: The Maritime Customs Service and Its Chinese Staff

Chihyun Chang

Published July 11th 2013
ISBN : 9781135122324
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256 pages
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The Chinese Maritime Customs Service, which was led by British staff, is often seen as one of the key agents of Western imperialism in China, the customs revenue being one of the major sources of Chinese government income but a source much of whichMoreThe Chinese Maritime Customs Service, which was led by British staff, is often seen as one of the key agents of Western imperialism in China, the customs revenue being one of the major sources of Chinese government income but a source much of which was pledged to Western banks as the collateral for, and interests payments on, massive loans. This book, however, based on extensive original research, considers the lower level staff of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, and shows how the Chinese government, struggling to master Western expertise in many areas, pursued a deliberate policy of encouraging lower level staff to learn from their Western superiors with a view to eventually supplanting them, a policy which was successfully carried out.