Imperialism & Internationalism: Xiamen, Treaty Port Case Study
WHAT: “Imperialism & Internationalism: Xiamen, Treaty Port Case Study” an RASBJ online talk by James Halcrow followed by QA
WHEN: Sept. 1, 2021, Wednesday 19:00-20:00 PM Beijing Standard Time
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MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: Amoy (Xiamen 厦门) was one of the five original ports opened to Western habitation and trade in late imperial China during the 1840s. It hosted a British Concession from 1844 to 1930 and an International Settlement on nearby Kulangsu Island (Gulangyu鼓浪屿) from 1903 to 1943. The treaty port functioned as a key site of international competition across the treaty port century from 1843 to 1943. James Halcrow examines the historical development of the treaty port during the nineteenth century, using Amoy as a case study, as it had a long history of prior engagement and communication with Western and non-Western traders, missionaries, and merchants before the commencement of the First Opium War (1839-1842).
MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER: James Halcrow is a doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland (New Zealand). After spending some time living in Shanghai to study Mandarin, he returned to New Zealand in 2014 to complete a Master thesis on the Opium Wars and began his doctoral research in 2020. The focus of his research is Gulangyu island, known for its pre-Liberation architecture and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017.