Areas of Interest:
Modern Europe, Early Modern Europe, Central Europe, Germany, Britain, Modern China, Asia, Imperialism, Colonialism, War and Society, Diplomatic History, Cultural History, Transnational History, Globalization, World History, Western Civilization
Statement of Research:
Matthew’s research focuses on the efforts of Germany to establish itself as a European and global power in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly its attempts to establish itself as a major player in early globalization. His recent work, including several reviews and an article manuscript under review, studies German diplomatic, commercial, cultural, and economic endeavors in China and East Asia designed to establish Germany as a major player in those spheres in the decades prior to World War I.
His current research is a transnational history of the German colony of Tsingtau (Qingdao), China from 1880-1918. This research project studies Germany’s presence in East Asia in order to provide a detailed examination of its role in the first wave of globalization, critically analyzing the colony of Tsingtau in order to elucidate German ideas about empire at the turn of the twentieth century. In particular, Matthew’s work examines how mid-level German diplomats, military officials, businessmen, merchants, and missionaries-the “middle management of empire”-expressed and implemented their respective imperial visions for turning Tsingtau into a German Hong Kong.
- DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Doctoral Research Fellow, 2013-2014
- Doctoral Research Fellowship, German Historical Institute, 2013
- 20th 19th Century Transatlantic Doctoral Research Seminar, German Historical Institute, 2014
- Dissertation Completion Fellow, Texas A&M University, 2015-2016