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Treaty Ports in Modern China

Law, Land and Power, 1st Edition

Edited by Robert Bickers, Isabella Jackson


266 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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This book presents a wide range of new research on the Chinese treaty ports – the key strategic places on China’s coast where in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries various foreign powers controlled, through "unequal treaties", whole cities or parts of cities, outside the jurisdiction of the Chinese authorities. Topics covered include land and how it was acquired, the flow of people, good and information, specific individuals and families who typify life in the treaty ports, and technical advances, exploration, and innovation in government.

Table of Contents

Introduction Robert Bickers and Isabella Jackson 1. Extraterritoriality in China: What we know and what we don’t know Pär Cassel 2. Who ran the treaty ports? A study of the Shanghai Municipal Council Isabella Jackson 3. The Land System of the Shanghai International Settlement: The Rise and Fall of the Hardoon Family, 1874-1956 Chiara Betta 4. Problems of Circulation in the Treaty Port System Stacie Kent 5. Treaty Ports as Shipping Infrastructure Anne Reinhardt 6. River Conservancy and State-building in Treaty Port China Shirley Ye 7. Interport Printing Enterprise: Macanese Printing Networks in Chinese Treaty Ports Hoito Wong 8. The global entanglements of a marginal man in treaty-port Xiamen Douglas Fix 9. ‘Throwing Light on Natural Laws’: Meteorology on the China coast, 1869-1912 Robert Bickers 10. From Terra incognita to Garden of Eden: Unveiling the prehistoric life of China and Central Asia, 1900-1930 Chris Manias 11. The French Concession in Hankou: The Life and Death of a Solitary Enclave in an occupied city Dorothée Rihal 12. The Communists and the Kailuan Mines: Eliminating the legacies of the treaty ports Jonathan J. Howlett

About the Editors

Robert Bickers is Professor of History at the University of Bristol and a Co-Director of the British Inter-University China Centre, UK.

Isabella Jackson is Assistant Professor in Chinese History at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General


Discover how focussing on land, law, power and knowledge acquisition can aid our understanding of Chinese history, and more specifically treaty ports in modern China. In this video Editor Isabella Jackson introduces her new book Treaty Ports in Modern China. The book gives us an insight into urban Chinese history and urban China and is suitable for students and scholars alike who have an interest in Chinese history, urban China and imperial history.