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Shaping Modern Shanghai: Colonialism in China's Global City

Isabella Jackson (Trinity College Dublin)
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Language
English
ISBN
9781108419680, 1108419682
Summary
"Shaping Modern Shanghai provides a new understanding of colonialism in China through a fresh examination of Shanghai's International Settlement. This was the site of key developments of the Republican period: economic growth, rising Chinese nationalism and Sino-Japanese conflict. Managed by the Shanghai Municipal Council (1854-1943), the International Settlement was beyond the control of the Chinese and foreign imperial governments. Jackson defines Shanghai's unique, hybrid form of colonial urban governance as transnational colonialism. The Council was both colonial in its structures and subject to colonial influence, especially from the British empire, yet autonomous in its activities and transnational in its personnel. This is the first in-depth study of how this unique body functioned on the local, national and international stages, revealing the Council's impact on the daily lives of the city's residents and its contribution to the conflicts of the period, with implications for the fields of modern Chinese and colonial history"--
Contents
  • Introduction: the transnational colonialism of the Shanghai Municipal Council
  • Funding transnational colonialism
  • Electing and serving: the municipal councillors and staff
  • Policing and conflict in Shanghai
  • Public health and hygiene
  • Industry, welfare and social reform
  • Epilogue: Dismantling and remembering transnational colonialism.
Description
xiv, 274 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-267) and index.
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