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Their position could be reinforced, but also complicated, by the extensive networks created by the practice of polygamy by those men wealthy enough to afford it. Simply being the oldest son did not guarantee succession, and competition among rivals for office could become bitter. The Age of Colonialism and Imperialism 33 At the local level, central authority was even more tenuous. The Malay village headman (penghulu) was appointed by the ruler, but was in fact the hereditary leader of a local kinship network.
Commissioner Lin to Queen Victoria, 1839 The Opium War in 1839--42 and the Taiping Rebellion of 1851-64 mark the double crisis confronting the Chinese government in the middle decades of the nineteenth century, the increasing pressures from outside and from within. The origins of the Opium War lay in the pattern of trade connecting Britain, India, and China. Britain, through the East India Company, controlled India. Indian economic historians argue The Age of Colonialism and Imperialism 35 that British policy systematically 'de-industrialized' India to open a market for British cotton cloth.
The 'outside' daimyo were isolated and generally confined to the south and west. All daimy8 were stricdy regulated, their marriages approved, their inheritance confirmed, and all their construction projects (especially, of course, castles) scrutinized by the government. They were obliged to reaffirm their allegiance periodically. Most importantly, every daimyo was required to reside in Edo in alternate years, and in those years when he was permitted to return to his domain, his wife and children remained in Edo as hostages.