Empire Made Me : An Englishman Adrift In Shanghai

Author: Robert A. Bickers
Homepage 9780141011950

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  • : $10.00(NZD)
  • : 9780141011950
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
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  • : June 2004
  • : 198mm X 131mm X 25mm
  • : United Kingdom
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  • : 16 b&w illustrations
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Description

Shanghai in the wake of the First World War was one of the world's most dynamic, brutal and exciting cities a swarming metropolis of nightclubs, opium-dens, gambling, sex and murder. Threatened from within by gangsters, communists and nationalists, and from without by Chinese warlords and the Japanese military, the hold of the British-dominated administration seemed increasingly fragile.
Robert Bickers' account of this corrupt and mesmerizing city is illuminated of a forgotten Englishman - a tough, resourceful policeman who stepped into the maelstrom of post-war Shanghai. Told through the moving story of one man's life and death while working for a governing class he could never belong to, Empire Made Me provides an intriguing glimpse into how the British Empire really worked.

Reviews

"'This is a biography of a nobody that offers a window into an otherwise closed world. It is a life which manages to touch us all' Empire Made Me"

Author description

Robert Bickers is Senior Lecturer in History at Bristol University. He has published extensively on Chinese history.