Shanghai, 1842-1949

Shanghai, 1842-1949

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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the history of Shanghai, a main point of contact between China and the outside world, and a place with great contrasts, ruled by gangsters and the birthplace of the Communist Party in China.

Shanghai at the turn of the twentieth century was the place to be. Opium was all the rage, parties were wild, and decadence was a way of life. Journalist Stella Dong looks back on a city that in its heyday was a thrilling combination of Las Vegas, the Wild West, Paris in the '20s, and Chicago during Prohibition. She captures the excitement of its most notorious years -- the decades before Mao's revolution -- when the city was populated with bankers, gangsters, revolutionaries, drug traffickers, gamblers, world royalty, industrial magnates, celebrities, and heiresses. Shanghai was the one place on the globe where no restrictions were placed on immigration. As a result, political refugees and outlaws sought its sanctuary. At that time, this truly international city was free of a central government's scrutiny and quickly became a breeding ground for revolutionary activity. This lively biography describes the thrill and excitement of those years.

Book News
In the course of one year, Shanghai went from an unremarkable port town to home of the world's most lucrative opium trade, introduced by British invaders. Over the next 50 years, British, American, and French adventurers transformed the town into a city built on greed, pleasure, and drug trafficking, populated by gangsters, revolutionaries, prostitutes, beggars, and celebrities. Journalist Dong blends diary and interview accounts with research and historical fact in this account. Includes b&w historical photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2000
ISBN: 9780688157982
Characteristics: xi, 318 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm


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