Tsingtao (Qingdao)
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Tsingtao (Qingdao)

Administrative center of Jiaozhou, a German colony established on the northeastern coast of China in 1897. It was militarily important as the base for their East-Asia Cruiser Squadron. Unlike the other German colonies, Tsingtao was controlled by the Reich Naval Office rather than the Reich Colonial Office. Tsingtao later lost its strategic significance when the Imperial Navy transitioned from war cruisers to a battleship-fleet based doctrine. Still, the 500 km2 protectorate of Jiaozhou (Kiautschou) remained important as the economic and political…

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Zimmerer, Jürgen, “Tsingtao (Qingdao)”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 22 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0597>
First published online: 2015



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