Organizational improvisation, architectural "piggybacking," and masonic networking in the International Settlement, Shanghai: building an Anglican cathedral, 1864-1869

Ying Yong Ding, Sam McKinstry, Peiran Su*

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Abstract

This study provides a business history of the construction project to build a large Anglican church in colonial Shanghai in the 1860s. Employing three theoretical lenses, it focusses on the project’s management, setting it in its social, political, economic and architectural contexts. As well as analysing the project’s progress in detail, the paper discloses circumstances that were being faced more generally by resident British and international traders in Shanghai at this unsettled time. It also identifies forces which would in due course influence the long process of change leading to the eventual transformation both of Shanghai and of China itself, enhancing our understanding of the region’s economic history.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalEnterprise and Society
Early online date6 Mar 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Chinese Treaty Ports
  • international merchants
  • extraterritoriality

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