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German Merchants in Japan During Japan's Modernization: The rise and transformaton of C. Nickel & Co. Ltd., 1860-1921

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posted on 19.11.2021, 05:48 by Prudence Shaw Holstein
My thesis explores the business dealings of two German merchants in Japan between 1860 and 1921, a period straddling the end of extraterritoriality and witnessing great change as Japan modernized. Piecing together a lost history from information found in treaty port newspapers and in archives across Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia, I show how these merchants built a company dominating the stevedoring industry in Kobe: they deployed entrepreneurialism, innovation and risk-taking challenging mercantile, political , diplomatic and jurisdictional obstacles often in partnership and sometimes in opposition to British colleagues. In so doing, my thesis re-inscribes the contribution of German merchants to the development of Japanese treaty ports, a contribution overshadowed by British enmity towards Germans in Japan during WW1.

History

Principal supervisor

Beatrice Trefalt

Additional supervisor 1

Christiane Weller

Additional supervisor 2

Franz-Josef Deiters

Year of Award

2021

Department, School or Centre

School of Language, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Campus location

Australia

Faculty

Faculty of Arts