Colonialism in China was a piecemeal agglomeration that achieved its greatest extent in the first half of the twentieth century, the last edifices falling at the close of the century. The diversity of these colonial arrangements across China’s landscape defies systematic characterization.
This book investigates the complexities and subtleties of colonialism in China during the first half of the twentieth century. In particular, the contributors examine the interaction between localities and forces of globalization that shaped the particular colonial experiences characterizing much of China’s experience at this time. In the process it is clear that an emphasis on interaction, synergy and hybridity can add much to an understanding of colonialism in Twentieth Century China based on the simple binaries of colonizer and colonized, of aggressor and victim, and of a one-way transfer of knowledge and social understanding. To provide some kind of order to the analysis, the chapters in this volume deal in separate sections with colonial institutions of hybridity, colonialism in specific settings, the social biopolitics of colonialism, colonial governance, and Chinese networks in colonial environments.
Bringing together an international team of experts, Twentieth Century Colonialism and China is an essential resource for students and scholars of modern Chinese history and colonialism and imperialism.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part 1|55 pages
Colonial governance and questions of identity
chapter 1|12 pages
‘Good work for China in every possible direction'
chapter 2|20 pages
Negotiating the Nation
chapter 3|21 pages
Things unheard of East or West
part 2|86 pages
Colonial spaces and everyday social interactions
chapter 7|17 pages
French Medicine in Nineteenth-and Twentieth-Century China
part 3|59 pages
Late colonialism and local consequences