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Bargaining with the State from Afar American Citizenship in Treaty Port China, 1844-1942

ISBN-10: 0231121091

ISBN-13: 9780231121095

Edition: 2001

Authors: Eileen P. Scully, Eileen Scully

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In the early 1990s, when organizations representing the 2.6 million U.S. nationals living abroad appealed to Congress for their own non-voting representative, the response of one Senator was to dismiss these "moans of the mink-swathed Americans abroad." However, the image of a life of luxury abroad is usually a harsher reality complicated by income taxes, military duty, and legal jurisdiction. What exactly is the obligation of a state toward citizens who live outside its borders? Bargaining with the State from Afar traces the relationship between the United States federal government and sojourning Americans living in the colonial enclaves of pre-World War II China. This group of Americans was not subject to Chinese law, but rather to an amalgam of laws borrowed from the District of Columbia and other territorial codes, as well as to local ordinances enacted by foreigners themselves. Scully explores U.S. government efforts to police this anomalous zone in the American policy and places the struggle between federal officials and sojourning U.S. nationals in the larger context of changing international law and modern citizenship regimes. She argues that the American experience with extraterritorial justice in China offers an important new vantage point from which to examine a singular area in the history of modern states. This case study of U.S. consular jurisdiction reveals the legal, political, and cultural process through which modern states have struggled to govern citizens outside their borders. Scully's examination of the U. S. Court for China is one of the first serious analysis of this anomalous institution.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/29/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 318
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Eileen Scully is assistant professor of history at Princeton University.

Acknowledgments
Introduction and Overview
Extraterritoriality in the Changing World of the Nineteenth Century
Extraterritorial Americans, Before the Rush to Empire
Colonizing the Colonizers
Progressivism Shanghaied
Wilsonianism and American Imperial Citizenship
Interwar Demise of Consular Jurisdiction
Epilogue: Sojourning Americans in the Age of Empire
Notes
Bibliography
Index