Author: Marie-Claire BergèreISBN: 954-320-069-6
Price: 16.00 lv
"The "developed" Shanghai is a city of festivals, a passionate cross between Yangtze, Deauville, Biarritz, and Monte Carlo". "Shanghai is a heaven built upon hell". "Shanghai is not a city, it is a poison. The people who inhabit it are cannibals ruled by the laws of cannibalism." "Capital of corruption and prostitution, of drugs and the Mafia, Shanghai is the Chicago of the East". "There is something in the air that drives you to all possible adventures". "Shanghai is a city of criminals, a city of refugees. An adventurer's heaven". "A metropolis that impels you to frenzied greed; Shanghai: the roulette of human destinies". "Shanghai is certainly a cultural metropolis, but with an excess of vulgarity in its flavour". Out of this mythical image that emerges from the official and unofficial testimonies, Marie-Claire Bergere, a French university teacher and authority on Chinese history, builds the true portrait of Shanghai, abundantly citing archival material and providing a generous amount of illustrations. She traces the development of the city, from the Nanking Treaty of 1842 and the first British, French, and American concessions and down to our times. With convincing argumentation, the book reveals how Shanghai became a model for our times, an emblem of Western influence refracted through Chinese cultural traditions, the capital of a "different China", cosmopolitan and enterprising.
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