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Dear Reader,

(including all its subsidiary (and/or sister) pages on "coombs.anu.edu.au" server) has permanently ceased its publishing operations on Friday 21st January 2011.

All of the online resources reported here have been thoroughly checked at the time of their listing. However, it is possible that, with the with the passage of time, many of the originally reported materials might have been removed from the Internet, or changed their online address, or varied the scope and quality of their contents.

Fortunately, in several cases it is possible to access many of the older versions of the resources listed in the MONITOR. This can be easily done via the free services of the "The Internet Archive" http://web.archive.org/, a remarkable brainchild of Brewster Kahle, San Francisco, CA.

- with warm regards -

Editor, Dr T. Matthew Ciolek.

Canberra, 21 January 2011.

02 February 2004

Chinese Maritime Customs Project


Department of Historical Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

"This project is a collaborative venture between historians at Bristol and Cambridge Universities and archivists and researchers at the Second Historical Archives of China in Nanjing (SHAC). It is designed to further understanding of the modern Chinese state, British imperial history, and the history of modern globalization in China, focusing on the role the Chinese Maritime Customs Service played in these historical processes. Our first step was to produce a catalogue of the 55,000 files that make up the archives of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service held at the SHAC. In collaboration with Thomson Gale [www.gale.com - ed.], we are compiling 350 reels of microfilms of archival sources relating to the history of the Customs Service. Handbook to the Customs Service and three other printed volumes of primary sources are also in hand. We are further creating datasets on arms trade, Customs revenue, climate and meteorology, and trade. Research students and research fellows associated with the project are researching the life of foreigners employed by the Customs Service, patterns of consumption and its effects on the Chinese state.
The Chinese Maritime Customs Service (until 1912: the Imperial Maritime Customs Service) [...] was an international, although predominantly British-staffed bureaucracy under the control of successive Chinese central governments from its founding, i.e. in 1854, until 1950 when the last foreign Inspector-General resigned. The present-day Customs General Administration [www.customs.gov.cn] of the PRC, and the ROC Directorate General of Customs [wwweng.dgoc.gov.tw/english.asp] on Taiwan both incorporate the CMCS into their histories. The CMCS was the only bureaucratic organ that continued to operate as an integrated institution throughout the period 1842-1950."

Site contents:
Contact us; CMCS bibliographies (Statistical Series, Special Series, Miscellaneous Series, Service Series, Office Series, Inspectorate Series, Other CMCS publications listed in the 1940 bibliography); China Coast family history; Do you have an ancestor in the Customs?; Discussion board; CMCS Links (Researchers, Research Materials or Papers, Personal and family histories, Miscellaneous)


Internet Archive

Link reported by:
Robert Bickers (robert.bickers@bristol.ac.uk)

* Resource type [news - documents - study - corporate info. - online guide]:
Corporate info./Documents

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* External links to the resource [over 3,000 - under 3,000 - under 1,000 - under 300 - under 100 - under 30]:
under 30

Please note that the above details were correct on 16 October 2005. To suggest an update, please email the site's editor at tmciolek@ciolek.com