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Shanghai Splendor Economic Sentiments and the Making of Modern China, 1843-1949

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ISBN-10: 0520249712

ISBN-13: 9780520249714

Edition: 2007

Authors: Wen-hsin Yeh

List price: $85.00
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Rich with details of everyday life, this multifaceted social and cultural history of China's leading metropolis in the twentieth-century offers a kaleidoscopic view of Shanghai as the major site of Chinese modernization. Engaging the entire span of Shanghai's modern history from the Opium War to the eve of the Communist takeover in 1949, Wen-hsin Yeh traces the evolution of a dazzling urban culture that became alternately isolated and intertwined with China's tumultuous history. Looking in particular Shanghai's leading banks, publishing enterprises, and department stores, she sketches the rise of a new maritime and capitalist economic culture among the city's middle class--a class of urbanites whose quest for social legitimacy and moral respectability set in motion the dynamics that would fashion modern China. Making extensive use of urban tales and visual representations, the book captures these urbanites' voices as it unravels the socio-cultural dynamics that fashioned the people and their politics. As Shanghai emerges today to become a global destination of glamour and consumption, this stellar history shows how the city's century-long history of colonialism and socialist revolution gave birth to Chinese Communism and how its people's aspirations and memories continue to contend for a spot in Shanghai's present and future.
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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/3/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 319
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

List of Illustrations
The Material Turn
The State in Commerce
Visual Politics and Shanghai Glamour
The Clock and the Compound
Enlightened Paternalism
Petty Urbanites and Tales of Woe
From Patriarchs to Capitalists
Epilogue: The Return of the Banker