Germany's Colony in China: Colonialism, Protection and Economic Development in Qingdao and Shandong, 1898-1914, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Germany's Colony in China

Colonialism, Protection and Economic Development in Qingdao and Shandong, 1898-1914, 1st Edition

By Fion Wai Ling So


166 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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This book explores the economic development of the northern Chinese city of Qingdao, which was held by Germany as a colony from 1898 to 1914. It focuses especially on the economic polices of the German colonial government and of the provincial government of the neighbouring Chinese province of Shandong, considering amongst other issues free trade and protection, the impact of the Gold Standard and assistance given to particular companies. The book shows how the Qingdao and Shandong economies fitted into overall East Asian and global trade patterns and how during this period these economies became more fully integrated into the world economy. The book concludes by discussing how although there was a great deal of co-operation between the Qingdao and Shandong governments, there were also growing tensions.

Table of Contents

1. Preface – A World of Change

2. In China – Qingdao and Shandong in the long Nineteenth Century

3. The Gold Standard, and German Economic Integration during the Great Depression, 1874-90

4. Regulating ‘free trade’ in German Qingdao

5. Drawing the boundary between the private and the public sector in China after 1901

6. Sino-German trade agreements, and local tensions in Shandong

7. Conclusion

8. Epilogue – Between 1908 and 1914 – A new cycle

About the Author

Wai Ling So completed her doctorate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies