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Luxurious Networks: Salt Merchants, Status, and Statecraft in Eighteenth-Century China

Yulian Wu


This book explores the transformation of Huizhou salt merchants’ social and political status in eighteenth-century China. These merchants left their homes in the remote countryside of Huizhou, conducting business and sojourning in the most prosperous part of the Qing empire (1644-1911), the Lower Yangzi valley. Benefiting from the new salt monopoly policies instituted by Manchu emperors, they became one of the wealthiest merchant groups of the High Qing period (1683-1839).

Keywords: salt merchants, material culture, Qianlong emperor, Qing dynasty, court, Lower Yangzi valley, Huizhou, Manchu, luxury consumption, salt monopoly

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780804798112
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804798112.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yulian Wu, author
University of South Carolina