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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
Paperback, 456 pages
Published January 13th 2009 by Yale University Press (first published 2005)
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Manta
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, histories
How do you write the history of illegal things?

In "Secret Trades, Porous Borders", Eric Tagliacozzo offers an ambitious history of smuggling, by studying the distinct intensification of this activity from the 1860s to 1915, along the Dutch-British border in Southeast Asia. He argues that the meteoric growth of smuggling in this period was inextricably tied to the increasing abilities of Dutch and British authorities to construct and enforce borders.

The book is divided into 2 parts. Firstly, Tag
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Nick
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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