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Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States Along a Southeast Asian Frontier, 1865-1915

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Over the course of the half century from 1865 to 1915, the British and Dutch delineated colonial spheres, in the process creating new frontiers. This book analyzes the development of these frontiers in Insular Southeast Asia as well as the accompanying smuggling activities of the opium traders, currency runners, and human traffickers who pierced such newly drawn borders wi ...more
Hardcover, 454 pages
Published August 11th 2005 by Yale University Press (first published 2005)
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Nick
May 01, 2011 Nick rated it liked it
Eric Tagliacozzo applies Fernand Braudel's sense of geography as history to the maritime border between the Dutch and English colonial aspirations in Southeast Asia (one of those lines drawn in the capitals of Europe, like the Afghan-Pakistan border, or the states of the Middle East, which in part explains why they are perpetually boiling over). In rough terms, the Dutch ambitions created what became Indonesia, perhaps the most linguistically and culturally diverse part of the world, and the Bri ...more
Ian
Aug 30, 2011 Ian rated it liked it
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Less useful than I would have hoped. Solid as a history of smuggling in the region, but does not add much theoretically.

Tagliacozzo takes some Braudellian and Scottian ideas and applies them to smuggling in the zones between English and Dutch control in maritime SE Asia. While his treatment of the differing types of illegality (some goods are by definition illegal, others are made illegal by how or where they are moved) was somewhat thoughtful, his conclusions are ultimately unsurprising.

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