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Title: Beyond Colonial Dichotomies: The deficits of Spain and the peripheral powers in treaty-port China
Author: Brasó Broggi, Carles  
Martinez-Robles, David  
Issue Date: Jul-2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Citation: Brasó-Broggi, C. [Carles]. & Martínez-Robles, D. [David] (2019). Beyond Colonial Dichotomies: the Deficits of Spain and the Peripheral Powers in Treaty-Port China. Modern Asian Studies, 53(4), 1222-1247. doi: 10.1017/S0026749X17000154
Published in: Modern Asian Studies, 2019, 53(4)
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Abstract: The semi-colonial character of China during the treaty-port era brings into question the dichotomy between the colonizer and the colonized. China's foreign trade had an overall negative balance, and Great Britain, Japan, and the United States of America benefited from it. However, dozens of minor powers suffered a negative balance with China, despite the favourable conditions set in the treaty ports. This article examines the presence of Spain in China during the first decades of the twentieth century, focusing on trade, population, and issues of self-representation. Through a comparative analysis of the Sino-Spanish trade with that of other smaller powers in China, this article shows both the diversity of colonial formations in China and the existence of colonial relations that, although peripheral and complementary, pose a doubt on the adequacy, not only of the colonizer/colonized dichotomy, but also of the representation of colonialism in China.
Language: English
ISSN: 0026-749XMIAR
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