Secret War in Shanghai: Treachery, Subversion and Collaboration in the Second World War

Secret War in Shanghai: Treachery, Subversion and Collaboration in the Second World War

by Bernard Wasserstein


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"The paradise of adventurers", Shanghai during World War II was suffused with dangerous glamour. Racketeers, cutthroats and con-men jostled for advantage as secret agents of the great powers waged a complex and sinister struggle for power. In this classic account, Bernard Wasserstein draws on the files of the Shanghai Police as well as the intelligence archives of the many countries involved, to provide the definitive story of Shanghai's secret war. Bernard Wasserstein introduces the British, American and Australian individuals who collaborated with the Axis powers as well as subversive warfare operatives battling the Japanese-and one another. At times both shocking and amusing, this book lifts the lid on the bizarre underworld of the 'sin city of the Orient' during its most enthralling period in history.

This edition features a new Preface by [Wasserstein].

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784537647
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 04/30/2017
Series: Tauris Parke Paperbacks Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Bernard Wasserstein is emeritus professor of history at the University of Chicago. His many books include The Secret Lives of Trebitsch Lincoln which was awarded the Golden Dagger for non-fiction by the Crime Writers Association.

Table of Contents

List of Maps vii

Abbreviations ix

Who Was Who xi

Preface to the New Edition xv

Introduction 1

1 Solitary Island 16

2 Bad Hats 30

3 Phony War in the International Settlement 50

4 Waiting for the Barbarians 85

5 Dark World 101

6 Oriental Mission 121

7 Eagles Mew'd 134

8 Collaborators 162

9 Shanghailanders in Exile 201

10 Wars Within Wars 223

11 Endgames 247

12 Twilight of Old Shanghai 275

Conclusion 302

Notes 305

Bibliography 339

Acknowledgements 350

Index 352

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