"Explores the development of the commercial shipping industry along the Yangzi River in the context of semi-colonialism and its impact on state and economy in late imperial and Republican China"--Provided by the publisher.
Introduction -- Sovereign concerns : the formation of a semi-colonial steam transport network, 1860-1911 -- Aligning capital and flag : the steam shipping business, 1860-82 -- The shipping conference as collaboration, 1882-1913 -- The steamship as social space, 1860-1925 -- Shipping nationalism : the politics and business of shipping in China's early republic, 1912-27 -- Nanjing and Chongqing : the return of the state to shipping, 1927-37 -- The "new steamship" : transformations of social space, 1925-37 -- Conclusion : Decolonizing the steamship network, 1937-56
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