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