Shanghai Policeman


Author: E. W. Peters,Robert Bickers
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9789881998385
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 247
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Shanghai in the 1930s was one of the world's most dangerous cities, with kidnappings and murders as daily occurrences. British police officer E. W. Peters of the Shanghai Municipal Police leads the way down the city's dark lanes and alleys, through a crime-ridden underworld of brothels, opium dens, and gambling parlors. This often riotous, true-crime chronicle is filled with colorful criminals, fumbled police raids, and gross misunderstandings, one of which lands the author on trial for murder. Here, old Shanghai is depicted at its most exciting.

Empire Made Me

An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai
Author: Robert A. Bickers
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231131322
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 409
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This riveting "biography of a nobody" offers a rare view of empire from the bottom up and a glimpse of the making of modern China. Robert Bickers mines the letters of Richard Tinkler along with archival files to create a fascinating and much-needed narrative of everyday life in the colonial world and an unvarnished portrait of the colonial experience that will permanently affect our view of it.

Empire Made Me

An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai
Author: Robert A. Bickers
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231131322
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 409
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This riveting "biography of a nobody" offers a rare view of empire from the bottom up and a glimpse of the making of modern China. Robert Bickers mines the letters of Richard Tinkler along with archival files to create a fascinating and much-needed narrative of everyday life in the colonial world and an unvarnished portrait of the colonial experience that will permanently affect our view of it.

Policing Shanghai, 1927-1937


Author: Frederic Wakeman
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520207610
Category: History
Page: 507
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This detailed study of the modern Chinese police force shows how the Nationalist forces under General Chiang Kai-shek set about to return Shanghai to Chinese rule, competing with the consular police forces of France, Japan and the International Settlement.

The World’s First SWAT Team

W. E. Fairbairn and the Shanghai Municipal Police Reserve Unit
Author: Leroy Thompson
Publisher: Frontline Books
ISBN: 1783034351
Category: History
Page: 208
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In turbulent Shanghai in the years between the World Wars, the International Settlement was a mercantile powerhouse that faced unrest from Communist labor unions, criminal gangs, spies, political agitators, armed kidnappers and assassins. Adjoining the Settlement were the French Concession and the Chinese city, both hotbeds of intrigue and crime themselves. Called the most sinful in the world, the Settlement relied on its police: the Shanghai Municipal Police, one of the most advanced forces in the world. After an incident in 1926 when the police fired upon demonstrators, which resulted in unrest and strikes, W. E. Fairbairn was charged with forming a specialized unit to deal with riots and armed encounters. The resulting Reserve Unit became the prototype for future SWAT teams, as it developed tactics for using snipers in barricade and hostage incidents, techniques for use of the submachine gun during raids, hostage rescue tactics, aggressive riot-dispersal tactics and various other tactical innovations. Out of the experiences of the unit came many of the techniques later taught by W. E. Fairbairn, E. A. Sykes, Pat O'Neill and others to the Commandos, Rangers, SOE, OSS, 1st Special Service Force and other Second World War elite units. Those same techniques still resonate today with special forces and police tactical units.

Gangsters of Shanghai

An International Mystery Thriller
Author: Gerry O'Sullivan
Publisher: Rosetta No. 3 A/C Pty Limited
ISBN: 9780987451729
Category: Detective and mystery stories
Page: 320
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"From out of nowhere, this is one of the most enjoyable Shanghai novels we've read... Seek this superbly researched and deftly written novel out" Review By Peter Desmond 'City Weekend' Magazine, Shanghai. The severed head in the bamboo birdcage swayed above the teeming marketplace. It told Constable Mike Gallagher everything he needed to know about Shanghai. It's 1927, the son of a rural Irish cop, Gallagher joins the Shanghai Municipal Police to escape an Ireland crippled by its recent bitter independence fight, and to trace the aristocratic woman whose memory still haunts him. They would venture together to China, Fiona once promised. Then the IRA torched her family estate. Everybody believes she died there. Everybody but Mike Gallagher. Shanghai. Pearl of the East or Whore of the Orient? Depends on who you ask. It's a cesspool of poverty, thronged with refugees, gripped by civil war. But for some it's still a fever dream: jazz clubs and opium dens, celebrities and spies, easy money and easier women. Gallagher encounters the city's biggest philanthropist, a man called Big Ears Lu - who is also its creepiest racketeer. He falls for the beautiful courtesan Miriam Tsai. But does his collusion with Lu keep her trapped in the House of Multiple Joys? Shanghai in 1927 is a city where after dark anything seems possible. A city where anyone can be crushed, and anyone corrupted. Even an innocent Irish cop. From the wreckage of guerrilla war in Ireland to the dawn of world war in Asia, the international mystery thriller Gangsters of Shanghai seethes with 20th Century turbulence and temptation. Can Mike Gallagher escape the imploding city with his life, his self-respect - and the answer to Fiona's fate?

Policing Shanghai, 1927-1937


Author: Frederic Wakeman
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520207610
Category: History
Page: 507
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This detailed study of the modern Chinese police force shows how the Nationalist forces under General Chiang Kai-shek set about to return Shanghai to Chinese rule, competing with the consular police forces of France, Japan and the International Settlement.

Diplomacy and Deception

The Secret History of Sino-Soviet Diplomatic Relations, 1917-1927
Author: Bruce A. Elleman
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
ISBN: 9780765601421
Category: Political Science
Page: 322
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During the Soviet period the USSR conducted diplomatic relations with incumbent regimes while simultaneously cultivating and manipulating communist movements in those same countries. The Chinese case offers a particularly interesting example of this dual policy, for when the Chinese Communists came to power in 1949, their discovery of the nature of Moscow's imperial designs on Chinese territory sowed distrust between the two revolutionary powers and paved the way to the Sino-Soviet split. Drawing on newly available documents from archives in China, Taiwan, Russia, and Japan, this study examines secret agreements signed by Moscow and the Peking government in 1924 and confirmed by a Soviet-Japanese convention in 1925. These agreements essentially allowed the Bolsheviks to reclaim most of tsarist Russia's concessions and privileges in China, including not only Imperial properties but also Outer Mongolia, the Chinese Eastern Railway, the Boxer Indemnity, and the right of extraterritoriality. Each of these topics is analyzed in this volume, and translations of the secret protocols themselves are included in a documentary appendix. Additional chapters discuss Sino-Soviet diplomacy and the parallel history of Soviet relations with the Chinese Communist Party as well as the origins and purpose of the United Front policy.

Maritime Empires

British Imperial Maritime Trade in the Nineteenth Century
Author: David Killingray,Margarette Lincoln,Nigel Rigby,National Maritime Museum (Great Britain)
Publisher: Boydell Press
ISBN: 9781843830764
Category: History
Page: 229
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Britain's empire was sustained by shipping. These studies are concerned with a range of enterprises, both home and colonial, in which shipping was involved, relating to goods, people, ideas.

Getting Stuck in For Shanghai

Putting the Kibosh on the Kaiser from the Bund: The British at Shanghai and the Great War: Penguin Special
Author: Robert Bickers
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0857978497
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 138
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After 1914, between tiffin and a day at the race track, the British in Shanghai enjoyed a life far removed from the horrors of the Great War. Shanghai's status as a treaty port - with its foreign concessions home to expatriates from every corner of the globe - made it the most cosmopolitan city in Asia. The city's inhabitants on either side of the conflict continued to mix socially to mix socially after the outbreak of war, the bond amongst foreign nationals being almost as strong as that between countrymen. But as news of the slaughter spread of the Far East, and in particular the sinking of the Lusitania, their ambivalence turned to antipathy.

New Frontiers

Imperialism's New Communities in East Asia, 1842-1953
Author: Robert Bickers,Christian Henriot
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719056048
Category: History
Page: 290
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"This volume will be of interest to students and scholars of the history and anthropology of imperialism, colonialism's culture, and East Asian history."--Jacket.

Out of China

How the Chinese Ended the Era of Western Domination
Author: Robert Bickers
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674982339
Category: History
Page: 576
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China’s new nationalism is rooted not in its present power but in shameful memories of its former weaknesses. Invaded, humiliated, and looted by foreign powers in the past, China looks out at the twenty-first century through the lens of the past two centuries. History matters deeply to Beijing’s current rulers, and Robert Bickers explains why.

Shanghai Express


Author: Henshui Zhang
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824818302
Category: Fiction
Page: 259
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In this suspenseful tale of seduction and deception, a wealthy banker is smitten by an alluring young woman while traveling aboard the express train from Beijing to Shanghai. A consummate storyteller and one of the most popular novelists of his day, Zhang Henshui sweeps us on board with them and takes us through train stations and back and forth between first, second, and third class cars, evoking the smells of this microcosm of the urban world. We see what various travelers wear; we hear their conversations; we feel the chill or the warmth of each car; we detect a trace of perfume in one, pickled vegetables and greasy meats in another. Here is popular Chinese fiction at its best. Shanghai Express was considered entertainment fiction and was enormously popular in the 1930s. William Lyell s sparkling translation at last allows an English-reading audience to share in the fun.

Beyond the Neon Lights

Everyday Shanghai in the Early Twentieth Century
Author: Hanchao Lu
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520243781
Category: History
Page: 456
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How did people live through the extraordinary changes that have swept across modern China? How did peasants transform themselves into urbanites? This study weaves documentary data with ethnographic surveys and interviews to reconstruct the fabric of everyday life in Shanghai in early 20th century.

Death of a Red Heroine


Author: Qiu Xiaolong
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 1569476969
Category: Fiction
Page: 464
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Qiu Xiaolong's Anthony Award-winning debut introduces Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police. A young “national model worker,” renowned for her adherence to the principles of the Communist Party, turns up dead in a Shanghai canal. As Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Special Cases Bureau struggles to trace the hidden threads of her past, he finds himself challenging the very political forces that have guided his life since birth. Chen must tiptoe around his superiors if he wants to get to the bottom of this crime, and risk his career—perhaps even his life—to see justice done. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Shanghai

collision point of cultures, 1918-1939
Author: Harriet Sergeant
Publisher: Crown Pub
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 371
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Traces the history of the Chinese city of Shanghai between the two world wars, examining the rich social, political, and cultural complexities of the city during the period.

Shanghai Redemption

An Inspector Chen Novel
Author: Qiu Xiaolong
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 1466871849
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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"The system has no place for a cop who puts justice above the interests of the Party. It's a miracle that I survived as long as I did." For years, Chen Cao managed to balance the interests of the Communist Party and the promises made by his job. He was both a Chief Inspector of Special Investigations of the Shanghai Police Department and the deputy party secretary of the bureau. He was considered a potential rising star in the Party until, after one too many controversial cases that embarrassed powerful elements in the Party, Chen Cao found himself neutralized. Under the guise of a major promotion, a new position with a substantial title but no power, he's stripped of his job duties and isolated. But that's still not enough, as it becomes increasingly clear that someone is attempting to set him up, for public disgrace and possibly worse. Chen Cao is technically in charge of the corruption case of a "Red Prince"---a powerful, high Party figure who embodies the ruthless ambition, greed, and corruption that is increasingly evident in the new China. This "Red Prince" has the kind of connections and power to deflect any attempts to bring him to justice. Now with no power, few allies, and with his own reputation on the line, the former Inspector Chen is facing the most dangerous investigation of his career, and his life.