In the 1920s and 1930s Shanghai was called "the whore of the Orient", home to gangsters and warlords, where nightclubs never closed and hotels supplied heroin on room service. This portrait of the city in its heyday combines first-hand accounts with extensive research and reconstruction.
In the 1920s and 1930s Shanghai was called "the whore of the Orient", home to gangsters and warlords, where nightclubs never closed and hotels supplied heroin on room service. It became the epitome of glamour, immortalized in books and films. With its bustling population of British, Chinese, Americans, French, Germans, Japanese and White Russians, its extremes of poverty and wealth, it appeared to straddle East and West. By the time the Chinese Communist takeover of 1949 had destroyed the illusion, Shanghai had passed into legend. This portrait of the city in its heyday combines first-hand accounts with extensive research and lively reconstruction.
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Part 1 A simple equation: the rise of a great city. Part 2 The White Russians: citizens of nowhere; the sweetest and cleanest girls in the whole town. Part 3 The Order of the Brilliant Jade: 1927 - the first battle. Part 4 The British: the spoiling life; the abbatoir of all human joys; a wonderful old racket. Part 5 The war across the bridge: 1932 - the second battle. Part 6 The Chinese: the most repellent kind of slavery; the iron house; that house of multiple joys; gossip is a fearful thing. Part 7 The war at the end of the street: 1937 - the third battle. Part 8 A bit like the end of things: the fall of Shanghai.
Shanghai by Harriet Sergeant
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