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High diplomacy and a humble bean

Soybean shipment in the port of Dairen
Soybean cake in the port of Dairen (Dalian) awaiting for shipment, 1908.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington DC

High diplomacy and a humble bean: The global entanglement of the Manchurian soybean, 1900s–1930s
Ines Prodöhl / Friday May 1, 2015

In this lecture, Ines Prodöhl (German Historical Institute, Washington DC) will trace how imperialism and globalization converged in the Manchurian soybean between approx. 1900 and 1930.

During this period, a steadily increasing demand for soybeans in Japan and Europe shaped the region agriculturally and economically.

At the same time, the struggle between Russia and Japan for imperial control over Northeast China created a highly complex situation for the growers, processors, traders, and purchasers of soybeans and their products.

The lecture disentangles these mainly transnational relationships and discusses the local impact of a process known nowadays as globalization.

Venue: SieboldHuis (Rapenburg 19, Leiden)
Date: Friday May 1, 2015
Time: 14:30-15:30 hours, followed by discussion, then reception and drinks.
You are most welcome to attend! Lecture is free, please register through alice [at]