The Shanghai Badlands: Wartime Terrorism and Urban Crime, 1937-1941

The Shanghai Badlands: Wartime Terrorism and Urban Crime, 1937-1941

by Frederic Wakeman, Jr, Jr. Wakeman, Wakeman Jr. Frederic
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521497442

ISBN-13: 9780521497442

Pub. Date: 02/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Between August 1937 and December 1941, the Chinese sectors of Shanghai were occupied by the Japanese, who surrounded the foreign concessions. As refugees crowded into the "solitary island" where the British and Americans continued to rule over the International Settlement until the attack on Pearl Harbor, terrorist wars broke out between Nationalist secret agents and…  See more details below

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Between August 1937 and December 1941, the Chinese sectors of Shanghai were occupied by the Japanese, who surrounded the foreign concessions. As refugees crowded into the "solitary island" where the British and Americans continued to rule over the International Settlement until the attack on Pearl Harbor, terrorist wars broke out between Nationalist secret agents and the motley crew of puppet gangsters who supported the Japanese in exchange for the protection of their gambling casinos, brothels, and opium dens. The most intensely disputed area was the western suburb known as the Badlands, but warfare was not restricted to that zone of the city. A spate of daytime assassinations, bombings, and machine gun raids took place under the very noses of the authorities in the foreign concessions. Thanks to the release of secret Chinese police files long held by the Central Intelligence Agency, Professor Wakeman is able to expose the inner workings of these urban terrorist groups and their links to the notorious Green Gang. He also explores the social history of Shanghai's underworld, the impact of these terrorist wars on the worsening relations between the United States and Japan on the eve of World War II, and the murderous rivalry between Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek and the puppet president Wang Jingwei during China's great War of Resistance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521497442
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions Series
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Glossary
Prologue: Consequences1
1Island Shanghai6
2Blue Shirts17
3National salvation27
4Retaliation: Pro-Japanese terrorism43
5Provocation: The Chen Lu assassination53
6Capitulation: The Xi Shitai assassination65
7The puppet police and 76 Jessfield Road80
8Terrorism and crime93
9Rackets104
10Terrorist wars115
11Dimout128
Epilogue: Outcomes136
Abbreviations138
Notes140
Bibliography196
Index209

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