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The Political Economy of Java's Northeast Coast, c. 1740-1800: Elite Synergy


Dr. KWEE, Hui-kian

curriculum vitae

Graduation: Leiden University, Faculty of Arts, 15 December 2005.
Promotors: prof. dr. J.L. Blussé van Oud-Alblas and prof. dr. P. Boomgaard (KITLV).
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Java's Northeast Coast produced and exported products and also served as an outlet for the hinterland of central and east Java by the early-eighteenth century. Produce, products and commodities such as timber, rice, indigo, sugar, coffee, salt, tobacco, bird's-nests, opium and so on moved in and out of the coastal region.

As a choke-point in the flow of goods, the coastal region was attractive to power-groups such as the Dutch, Javanese functionaries and mercantile communities. Their channels of economic extraction from the flow of goods took the forms of taxation, trade, tolls, impost, monopoly, monopsony, tribute, tax-farming and smuggling.

The Ph.D. theses describes how the changing relationship between the power-groups impacted on and was affected by the various socio-political and economic mechanisms in the acquisition, sale and transportation of economic resources in Java's Northeast Coast in the second half of the eighteenth century.

Prof. Dr. J. Leonard Blussé
Prof Dr. Peter Boomgaard
Prof. Dr. NG, Chin-keong

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