Opium and the Beginnings of Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia
Author: Carl A. Trocki, School of Humanities and Human Services, Queensland University of
Publisher: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 33 (2), pp 297-314 June 2002, The National University of Singapore
The article suggests that the development of Chinese capitalism in nineteenth-century Southeast Asia was intimately connected to the participation of Chinese merchants in the financing and operation of opium revenue farming concessions. It examines the development and structure of the opium farming system as it operated in the region.