Shanghai Splendor Economic Sentiments and the Making of Modern China, 1843-1949
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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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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/3/2007
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|The Material Turn|
|The State in Commerce|
|Visual Politics and Shanghai Glamour|
|The Clock and the Compound|
|Petty Urbanites and Tales of Woe|
|From Patriarchs to Capitalists|
|Epilogue: The Return of the Banker|