Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022463411000695
Title: State, enterprise and the alcohol monopoly in colonial Vietnam
Authors: Sasges, G. 
Issue Date: Feb-2012
Source: Sasges, G. (2012-02). State, enterprise and the alcohol monopoly in colonial Vietnam. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 43 (1) : 133-157. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022463411000695
Abstract: The state-administered monopoly on the production of distilled rice alcohol instituted in Vietnam after 1897 evolved into one of the colony's most pervasive and unpopular institutions. This article examines the origins and operations of the monopoly, focusing on how much revenue it generated and for whom. It reveals that the monopoly generated little net revenue for the state, and instead functioned to promote the creation of a centralised and ostensibly civilian administration, capable of intervening in the economy to promote the accumulation of capital by local French entrepreneurs, but ultimately dependent on vast, invasive and frequently brutal systems of surveillance and control. © The National University of Singapore 2012.
Source Title: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52231
ISSN: 00224634
DOI: 10.1017/S0022463411000695
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