ISBN-10:
0520207610
ISBN-13:
9780520207615
Pub. Date:
11/06/1996
Publisher:
University of California Press
Policing Shanghai, 1927-1937 / Edition 1

Policing Shanghai, 1927-1937 / Edition 1

by Frederic Wakeman Jr.Frederic Wakeman Jr.
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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520207615
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/06/1996
Series: Philip E. Lilienthal Books Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 478
Sales rank: 657,400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Frederic Wakeman, Jr. is Haas Professor of Asian Studies and Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Great Enterprise: The Manchu Reconstruction of Imperial Order in Seventeenth-Century China (California, 1985).

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Acknowledgments
Introduction

PART ONE: THE CONTEXT
1 Law and Order
2 From Constabulary to Police
3 Foul Elements

PART TWO: NEW POLICING CONCEPTUALIZATIONS
4 Policing the New Civic Order
5 Asserting Sovereignty through Policing
6 Crime and Social Control

PART THREE: ORGANIZED "CRIME"
7 Vice
8 Narcotics
9 Reds

PART FOUR: IMPLICATIONS OF POLITICAL CHOICES
FOR POLICING
10 Making Choices
11 The Impact of the Japanese on Municipal Policing
12 A Second Chance: The Administration of Mayor
Wu Tiecheng

PART FIVE: THE LIMITATIONS OF THE NEW CIVIC ORDER
13 The New Life and National Salvation Movements
14 Nationalizing the Police and Making Criminality
Respectable
15 Criminalizing the Government

Conclusion: Resolutions
Tables
Appendixes
Reference Matter
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Glossary-Index
Photographs
Author's Note

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