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Empire careers: Working for the Chinese Customs Service, 1854–1949

Catherine Ladds


The Chinese Customs Service was a central pillar of the foreign presence in China, 1854–1949. Its far-reaching responsibilities included collecting duties on foreign trade, establishing China's first postal service, participating in international exhibitions, and even diplomacy. This is the first book-length study of the 11,000 expatriates from twenty-three different countries who worked for the Customs, exploring how their lives and careers were shaped by imperial ideologies, networks and structures. In doing so it highlights the vast range of people for whom the empire world spoke of opportu ... More

Keywords: Chinese Customs Service, expatriates, globalisation, imperial ideologies, imperialism, networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719085482
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085482.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Ladds, author