166 pages | 28 B/W Illus.
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.
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
8. Epilogue – Between 1908 and 1914 – A new cycle