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Life and death in the Garden : sex, drugs, cops, and robbers in wartime China

Author: Kathryn Meyer
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
Series: State and society in East Asia.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the margins of a violent and entrepreneurial society, the struggles of an occupying police force to maintain order, and the underbelly of Japanese espionage during the World War Two Japanese occupation of Manchuria. Drawing on the author?s years of rediscovering the historical trail in Manchuria and research based on top-secret Japanese military documents and Chinese memoirs, Meyer offers a social and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn Meyer
ISBN: 9781442223523 1442223529
OCLC Number: 870284886
Description: x, 272 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
A word about transliterations and names --
Prologue --
Introduction --
In the garden --
Ice city --
Settlers --
Dirty work --
Contested land --
Conflict --
Manchukuo --
Control --
Working girls --
Harbin vice drugs --
Harbin vice gambling --
End of the road --
Punishing the police --
Conclusion --
Appendix A Character list --
Appendix B Cursing --
Appendix C Flophouse names and franchise owners --
Appendix D Currency --
Appendix E Cost of scavenged goods --
Appendix F Smuggling costs --
Bibliography --
Index --
About the author.
Series Title: State and society in East Asia.
Responsibility: Kathryn Meyer.

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Explores the margins of a violent and entrepreneurial society, the struggles of an occupying police force to maintain order, and the underbelly of Japanese espionage during the World War Two Japanese occupation of Manchuria. Drawing on the author?s years of rediscovering the historical trail in Manchuria and research based on top-secret Japanese military documents and Chinese memoirs, Meyer offers a social and cultural history of a forgotten world. --From publisher description.

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This is real history. Drawing on impeccable Japanese-language first-hand documents, Kathryn Meyer has given us a story never before told in English. She sets the action in the larger context of Read more...

 
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