From a fishing village to an international metropolis : an historical analysis of economic development in Shanghai
Abstract of Dissertation entitled
From a Fishing Village to an International Metropolis ?An Historical Analysis of Economic Development in Shanghai
Tsang Heung Wing
For the Degree of Master of Arts in China Area
Studies at The University of Hong Kong in June
Shanghai, China? largest municipality is directly governed under the central government. It was divided into foreign concessions after the Opium War in 1840 and continued to be an open port until the 1940s. During these 100 years, Shanghai changed rapidly from a small town with fishing and light industries and weaving to an international trade city. After 1949, Shanghai has transformed further to a national industrial center under the rule of the PRC. However, the combined effects of the Open Door Policy and economic reform since 1978 have fundamentally altered the role of Shanghai in the national economy of China. Shanghai has lost its dominant position in the national economy since the early 1980s. The opening and development of Pudong New Area marked a crucial turning point of Shanghai? development. Along with the rapidly development of Pudong New Area, Shanghai has become the focus of the world again in the 21st century.
From an historical perspective, dissertation aims to examine the roles of Western power, particularly foreign investment and the government policies in the economic development of Shanghai from Qing dynasty until 2002. It is hoped to understand development model of China? coastal cities, through the empirical analysis of the historical development of Shanghai.
School:The University of Hong Kong
School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:shanghai china economic conditions
Date of Publication:01/01/2004