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Emperor and AncestorState and Lineage in South China$
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David Faure

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753180

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753180.001.0001

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The Foreign Element in Pearl River Delta Society

The Foreign Element in Pearl River Delta Society

(p.308) Chapter Twenty-One The Foreign Element in Pearl River Delta Society
Emperor and Ancestor
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Foreigners occupied a central place in the history of Guangzhou. In 1553, the Portuguese established their entrepôt at Macau on the Guangdong coast, bringing with them not only exotica and trade but also guns. China's contact with the West led to a series of legal, administrative, and constitutional reforms by the Qing government from 1904 that, ironically, also caused its downfall by revolution in 1911. However, Western contact had no direct impact on how the lineage was to be managed even as the lineage as an institution changed. Firearms, which became widespread by 1800, were related to lineage feuding and paved the way for large-scale intervillage wars in some parts of the Pearl River Delta until the 1910s.

Keywords:   Guangzhou, foreigners, Portuguese, China, Pearl River Delta, exotica, guns, trade, lineage, West

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