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Shanghai : China's gateway to modernity

Author: Marie-Claire Bergère
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2009.
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Shanghai today is a thriving, bustling metropolis. But does its avid pursuit of the modern trappings of success truly indicate that it will once again become the shining example of China's commercial and cosmopolitan culture? While history continues to unfold, the author, an eminent scholar on China takes readers back to when Shanghai first opened to the world in 1842 to narrate the city's tumultuous and unique  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marie-Claire Bergère
ISBN: 9780804749046 0804749043 9780804749053 0804749051
OCLC Number: 316327268
Notes: "Originally published in French under the title Histoire de Shanghai, Librairie Arthème Fayard, 2002."
Description: xix, 497 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreigners in the town (1843-1853) --
Local diplomacy and national policy (1853-1864) --
The birth of Shanghai capitalism (1860-1911) --
The kaleidoscope of Shanghaian society --
The model represented by the concessions --
The 1911 revolution --
The metropolis (1912-1937) --
The golden age of Shanghaian capitalism (1919-1937) --
The revolutionary centre (1919-1937) --
Order and crime (1927-1937) --
Haipai and the ideal of modernity --
The end of a world (1937-1952) --
The war, the occupation, and the end of international status --
Backward into revolution (1945-1952) --
Shanghai under communism --
Shanghai in disgrace under the Maoist regime --
Shanghai's rebirth (1990-2000).
Other Titles: Histoire de Shanghai.
Responsibility: Marie-Claire Bergère ; translated by Janet Lloyd.

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A lively account of China's encounter with the modern world through the history of its most dynamic and cosmopolitan city in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Occupied by the Japanese in  Read more...

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