Policing Shanghai 1927-1937

Policing Shanghai 1927-1937

by Frederic Wakeman Jr., Jr. Frederic Wakeman
     
 


Prewar Shanghai: casinos, brothels, Green Gang racketeers, narcotics syndicates, gun-runners, underground Communist assassins, Comitern secret agents. Frederic Wakeman's masterful study of the most colorful and corrupt city in the world at the time provides a panoramic view of the confrontation and collaboration between the Nationalist secret police and the… See more details below

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Prewar Shanghai: casinos, brothels, Green Gang racketeers, narcotics syndicates, gun-runners, underground Communist assassins, Comitern secret agents. Frederic Wakeman's masterful study of the most colorful and corrupt city in the world at the time provides a panoramic view of the confrontation and collaboration between the Nationalist secret police and the Shanghai underworld.

In detailing the life and politics of China's largest urban center during the Guomindang era, Wakeman covers an array of topics: the puritanical social controls implemented by the police; the regional differences that surfaced among Shanghai's Chinese, the influence of imperialism and Western-trained officials. Parts of this book read like a spy novel, with secret police, torture, assassination; and power struggles among the French, International Settlement, and Japanese consular police within Shanghai.

Chiang Kai-shek wanted to prove that the Chinese could rule Shanghai and the country by themselves, rather than be exploited and dominated by foreign powers. His efforts to reclaim the crime-ridden city failed, partly because of the outbreak of war with Japan in 1937, but also because the Nationalist police force was itself corrupted by the city.

Wakeman's exhaustively researched study is a major contribution to the study of the Nationalist regime and to modern Chinese urban history. It also shows that twentieth-century China has not been characterized by discontinuity, because autocratic government—whether Nationalist or Communist—has prevailed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520207615
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/06/1996
Series:
Philip E. Lilienthal Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
548
Sales rank:
1,097,637
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1The Context1
1Law and Order3
2From Constabulary to Police16
3Foul Elements25
Pt. 2New Policing Conceptualizations41
4Policing the New Civic Order43
5Asserting Sovereignty through Policing60
6Crime and Social Control78
Pt. 3Organized "Crime"95
7Vice97
8Narcotics116
9Reds132
Pt. 4Implications of Political Choices for Policing163
10Making Choices165
11The Impact of the Japanese on Municipal Policing195
12A Second Chance: The Administration of Mayor Wu Tiecheng213
Pt. 5The Limitations of the New Civic Order227
13The New Life and National Salvation Movements229
14Nationalizing the Police and Making Criminality Respectable244
15Criminalizing the Government260
Conclusion: Resolutions277
Tables293
Appendixes303
Reference Matter311

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