The Shanghai Green Gang: Politics and Organized Crime, 1919-1937

The Shanghai Green Gang: Politics and Organized Crime, 1919-1937

by Brian G. Martin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520201140

ISBN-13: 9780520201149

Pub. Date: 04/15/1996

Publisher: University of California Press


In a remarkable example of history as detective work, Brian Martin pieces together the fascinating and complex story of the Shanghai Green Gang and its charismatic leader, Du Yuesheng. Martin sifts through a variety of fragmentary and at times contradictory evidence—from diplomatic dispatches to memoirs to police reports—to produce the most comprehensive…  See more details below

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In a remarkable example of history as detective work, Brian Martin pieces together the fascinating and complex story of the Shanghai Green Gang and its charismatic leader, Du Yuesheng. Martin sifts through a variety of fragmentary and at times contradictory evidence—from diplomatic dispatches to memoirs to police reports—to produce the most comprehensive account of this chaotic period of Chinese history. In analyzing the Green Gang's system of organized crime in Shanghai, the author broadens our understanding of a critical aspect of Chinese urban history and sheds light on the history of drug trafficking and organized crime worldwide.

Martin argues that the Green Gang, the most powerful secret society in China during the first half of the twentieth century, was a resilient social organization that adapted successfully to the complex environment of a modernizing urban society. Illustrating its multilayered and complex relations with the bourgeoisie, the industrial proletariat, and the foreign and domestic political authorities, Martin demonstrates how these factors led to the Green Gang's absorption into the corporate state system after 1932.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520201149
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/15/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
279
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Origins of the Green Gang9
2The Role of Opium44
3The French Connection64
4In the Chinese Revolution79
5"The Pact With the Devil"113
6Instability and Crisis135
7Gangster Politician: Du Yuesheng and the Guomindang State158
8Gangster Entrepreneur: Du Yuesheng and the Shanghai Economy190
Conclusion215
Notes231
Glossary265
Bibliography277
Index301

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