Intermediary elites in the treaty port world : Tong Mow-chee and his collaborators in Shanghai, 1873–1897
Date of Issue2015
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Studies
This article examines the functions of Chinese and foreign intermediary elites in the commercial and political world of Shanghai, an international city in the nineteenth century mainly consisting of British, American, European and Chinese residents. Specifically, it focuses on the formation of the socio-economic network of Tong Mow-chee (Tang Maozhi 唐茂枝) (1828–1897), a well-known Chinese compradormerchant serving the British firm Jardine Matheson & Co. and other anglophone and Chinese figures, including William Venn Drummond and Tong King-sing who supported Mow-chee’s commercial and political activities. My research mainly draws on English and Chinese sources and enables a deeper understanding of the unofficial figures who contributed to the management of the international society of Shanghai in the late nineteenth century, offering new insight into social roles of the middlemen operating in an area of Britain’s informal empire in China.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science::Political theory
Journal of the royal asiatic society
© 2015 The Royal Asiatic Society (published by Cambridge University Press). This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, The Royal Asiatic Society. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1356186315000139].