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59, 66–69, 140 and 149. 4 Blixen, Letters from Africa, plate facing p. 290; Laugesen et al, Scandinavians in Siam, pp. 58 and 62; recollections of Christmas Moller kindly translated for me from Hans Neerbek, Ridder Uden Kors: Aage Westenholz og Danmarks Forsvar [Knight without a cross: Aage Westenholz and Denmark’s defence] (Odense: Odense Universitetsforlag, 1996) by Knud Sehested, a longstanding investor in and former vice-chairman of United Plantations. , 1984), pp. Kirby, Finland in the Twentieth Century (London: Hurst, 1979), pp.

Marwin McInnis and 16 THE UP SAGA Jurgen Schneider (eds) The Emergence of a World Economy, 1500–1914. ), Gentlemanly Capitalism, pp. 141–156. Kawakatsu (eds) Asia-Pacific Dynamism 1550– 2000 (London: Routledge, 2000). CHAPTER ONE The Entrepreneur: Aage Westenholz EARLY YEARS IN SIAM In 1885 a young Danish engineer arrived in the East, one of many Scandinavians who were attracted to Siam as naval volunteers or civil engineers, and who found themselves especially welcome there because of their status as citizens of neutral European states, posing no imperial threat.

However, of the shareholders recorded, Belgians accounted for only £4,200 of shares. The overwhelming majority of shareholders were Scandinavians, with individual holdings rarely rising above £5,000 and often falling below £2,000. 34 In the first three years after the merger, business continued much as before. The years 1918–20 were exceptionally good for rubber, and much profit was ploughed back into fresh planting on the virgin land acquired in 1916 at Jendarata. By 1921 Jendarata’s rubber land had expanded to a total area of 1,420 hectares—almost double its extent in 1916.

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