Historian - Professor - Digital Scholar

The population of Shanghai

The present volume is the first systematic reconstruction of the demographic series of the population of Shanghai from the mid-nineteenth century to 1953. Designed as a reference and sourcebook, it is based on a thorough exploration of all population data and surveys available in published documents and in archival sources. The book focuses mostly on […]

In the Shadow of the Rising Sun

The authors of this 2004 volume consult Chinese and Western archival materials to examine the Chinese War of Resistance against the Japanese in the Shanghai area. They argue that the war in China was a nationalistic endeavour carried out without an effective national leadership. Wartime Chinese activities in Shanghai drew upon social networks rather than […]

Images in History

The contributors to this volume take up the issue of “images in history” within the context of Republican and more recent Chinese urban history. They do so in response both to the availability of a massive amount of visual data from the Republican period and to a perceived lack of sustained effort, on the part […]

Visualising China, 1845-1965

How does China project its image in the world? Why and how has the world come to form certain impressions of the Chinese and their way of life? These are issues that preoccupy Chinese citizens in the globalizing 21st century as they travel overseas, riding on the capacity of the country s newly acquired economic […]

Knowledge, Power, and Networks. Elites in Transition in Modern China

In the past decades, the world has watched the rise of China as an economic and military power and the emergence of Chinese transnational elites. What may seem like an entirely new phenomenon marks the revival of a trend initiated at the end of the Qing. The redistribution of power, wealth and knowledge among the […]

Shanghai 1927-1937

In 1927, China’s newly ascendant Guomindang (GMD) regime had a fragile hold on authority in the country at large. Shanghai, China’s most prosperous city, thus became a key place for the regime to establish control. In examining the policies of the Shanghai Municipal Government from 1927 to 1937 and their impact on daily life, Christian […]

Prostitution in Shanghai

Shanghai’s nightlife, from the mid-nineteenth century until the victory of the Communist Party in 1949, was dominated by the world of prostitution. Henriot portrays the Chinese sex trade, from the sophisticated life of the courtesan, to the common life of street prostitution. He examines the extent to which these worlds were integral to Chinese social […]