Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies

France and Germany in the South China Sea, c. 1840-1930

Maritime competition and Imperial Power

Authors: Dr Becker, Bert

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  • Explores the relationship between French and German commercial competition, collaboration and imperial interests in the South China Sea
  • Offers an in-depth archival study of the Tonkin Shipping Company, an affiliate of the French company Marty et d’Abbadie, and its main competitor, the German M. Jebsen Shipping Company
  • Investigates the connections between French and German policymakers, European ship owners, Vietnamese sailors and Chinese merchants, against the backdrop of imperial Germany’s rising industrial power
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This book explores imperial power and the transnational encounters of shipowners and merchants in the South China Sea from 1840 to 1930. With British Hong Kong and French Indochina on its northern and western shores, the ‘Asian Mediterranean’ was for almost a century a crucible of power and an axis of economic struggle for coastal shipping companies from various nations. Merchant steamers shipped cargoes and passengers between ports of the region. Hong Kong, the global port city, and the colonial ports of Saigon and Haiphong developed into major hubs for the flow of goods and people, while Guangzhouwan survived as an almost forgotten outpost of Indochina. While previous research in this field has largely remained within the confines of colonial history, this book uses the examples of French and German companies operating in the South China Sea to demonstrate the extent to which transnational actors and business networks interacted with imperial power and the process of globalisation.

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Bert Becker is Associate Professor in Modern European History at the University of Hong Kong. He has written prize-winning biographies on Georg Michaelis, the German chancellor of 1917, and Michael Jebsen, shipowner and politician in Imperial Germany. His research interests include the maritime and business histories of Hong Kong, China and Vietnam

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
France and Germany in the South China Sea, c. 1840-1930
Book Subtitle
Maritime competition and Imperial Power
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-52604-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-52604-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-52603-0
Series ISSN
2635-1633
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 484
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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