Fast Money and Enduring Rrelationships: Swiss Business in Colonial Singapore and Sumatra, 1860–1930
Responsible for the doctoral project: Dr. Andreas Zangger (doctoral thesis 2010)
Funded by: URPP Asia and Europe
Project duration: March 2006 – February 2009
Tutor: Prof. Dr. Jakob Tanner
Research field: Entangled Histories
The dissertation is arranged in three parts. The first part looks at Swiss/German trading houses in Singapore, their connections to European manufacturers and their relationship to Asian clients. A special focus is given to the role of trademarks in textile trade. The second part looks at the participation of Swiss in the plantation belt of Sumatra. A focus is given to national interests in commodity markets (tobacco, coffee, rubber and gambier) and the niches Swiss plantation managers could establish. The third part takes four topics to look at entangled histories between Switzerland and Southeast Asia: a) marine insurances, b) investments in plantations, c) expat organisations and migratory concepts and d) applied botany.