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HIST 13184-7: China and the Global Economy in the 19th Century

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Instructor: Elisabeth Koll

China’s integration into the emerging global economy took place in the decades between the late 19th and early 20th century. Foreign companies began to explore the Chinese market, while Chinese reformers and government officials experimented with new ideas regarding economic and business institutions. I order to understand what China meant as an emerging market for foreign trading companies, banks, brokers, advertisers and salesmen back then, we will use exciting primary sources like the North China Herald, the leading English-language newspaper published in Shanghai at the time. Analyzing the institutions and practices related to major issues such as currency exchange, commercial law, taxation, regulation, consumer behavior and social networks, we will explore China's pre-1949 business and economic history from a domestic AND foreign perspective. At the same time, students will gain a better understanding of commercial globalization as a complex process evolving around 1900 its larger political and economic implications.