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Author Dong, Stella.
Title Shanghai : the rise and fall of a decadent city / Stella Dong.
Published New York, NY : William Morrow, c2000.
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 Floor2  DS796.S2 D65 2000    IN LIBRARY
 Special Collections & Archives  DS796.S2 D65 2000    IN LIBRARY
Edition 1st ed.
Description xi, 318 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-305) and index.
Contents The ugly daughter rises -- Gold in the Yangtze mud -- City of transformations -- Capitalists, warlords, and thieves -- The Shanghai massacre -- Enter the dwarf bandits -- The lonely island -- The ugly daughter repents.
Summary "Stella Dong's biography of Shanghai explains precisely why a missionary once declared, "If God lets Shanghai endure, he owes an apology to Sodom and Gomorrah." The greatest metropolis in Asia during its heyday - from the turn of the nineteenth century until Mao's army swept away its decadence in 1949 - this corrupt, pleasure mad, and squalor-ridden city combined the exuberant vulgarity of Rio during Mardi Gras with a Wild West lawlessness." "Dong chronicles how a wilderness of swamps was transformed into a dazzling, modern-day Babylon. The sickly sweet smell of opium permeated every lane and side street, and in its myriad fleshpots labored a tragic army of prostitutes and "taxi dancers." Seductive and cruel, Shanghai was no place for the innocent: a powerful criminal underworld controlled the port in league with the city's wealthiest citizens and military satraps. Along with its predatory climate, Shanghai was the most turbulent spot in the Orient, for war, rebellion, and economic disaster were never far from its door."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Shanghai (China) -- History.
Shanghai (China) -- Social conditions.
China -- History -- 19th century.
China -- History -- 20th century.
Collection Title Old China Hands Archive.
ISBN 068815798X (acid-free paper)
9780688157982 (acid-free paper)
OCLC number 42002779