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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century$
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Andrew Porter

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205654.001.0001

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British Expansion and Rule in South-East Asia

British Expansion and Rule in South-East Asia

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(p.370) (p.371) 17 British Expansion and Rule in South-East Asia
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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century
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A. J. Stockwell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205654.003.0017

British expansion in South-East Asia was shaped by the well-being of India, opportunities in China, and international, particularly Anglo-French, rivalry. From the late eighteenth century, British commerce in South-East Asia became enmeshed with British commerce in India; from the late nineteenth century, the development of agriculture and mining tied South-East Asian economies more closely to industrial and finance capitalism in Britain. The advances into ‘Further India’ during 1786–c.1830 are shown. It specifically addresses maritime South-East Asia and Britain in mainland South-East Asia. In addition, the free trade imperialism and turbulent frontiers in Malaya and Borneo, Burma, and Siam during c.1830–c.1870 are reported. It then considers imperialism and colonialism during c.1870–1914. As the British pursued their interests and extended their power in South-East Asia, the demarcation between those areas falling within Britain's formal Empire and those remaining outside it became indistinct.

Keywords:   British expansion, India, Malaya, Borneo, Burma, Siam, British commerce, free trade imperialism, colonialism

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