International Competition in China, 1899-1949
The Rise and Fall of the Open Door Policy
Routledge – 2014 – 192 pages
The Open Door Policy in China was proposed by the U.S. government in 1899. Although adopted to stop the foreign partition of China, it was condemned as economic imperialism during the Cold-War period. With the People’s Republic of China (PRC) embracing market reforms, encouraging foreign investment, and promoting capitalist growth in the 21st Century, this book examines and re-evaluates the former economically-based critiques of the Open Door Policy, from its inception in 1899 to its collapse in the 1920s. It offers new evidence suggesting the hitherto underestimated role of the Open Door Policy in protecting China’s territorial integrity from Russian and Japanese encroachment. Using primary documents located in the Peking government’s Foreign Ministry archives in Taipei, Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs archive in Tokyo, Japan, and the Trotsky archives at Harvard University, United States, it sheds light on how the destruction of the Open Door Policy during the 1920s cleared the way for a resurgence of Russian and Japanese expansionism in China, ushering in decades of foreign invasion, civil war, and revolution, until the 1949 establishment of the PRC once again shored up China’s threatened territorial integrity.
Introduction Chapter 1: The Origins of the Open Door Policy in China, 1899-1917 Chapter 2: The 1917 October Revolution’s Impact on the Open Door Policy Chapter 3: The Far Eastern Republic’s Reliance on the Open Door Policy Chapter 4: The Washington Conference, 1921-1922 Chapter 5: Soviet Attempts to Open Diplomatic Relations with China, 1919-1924 Chapter 6: The End of the Open Door Policy in China, 1924-1927 Chapter 7: The Partitioning of China, 1927-1945 Chapter 8: The Open Door and the Nationalist-Communist Civil War, 1945-1949 Chapter 9: Reassessment of the Open Door Policy’s Destruction and the Origins of the Cold War Bibliography
Bruce A. Elleman is Research Professor at the Maritime History Department of the U.S. Naval War College. He received a BA from UC Berkeley, and an MA, MPhil and PhD from Columbia University. His most recent publication is Moscow and the Emergence of Communist Power in China, 1925-30: The Nanchang Uprising and the Birth of the Red Army (Routledge, 2009).