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NCJ Number: 157054 Find in a Library
Title: Policing Shanghai 1927-1937
Author(s): F Wakeman Jr
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 525
Sponsoring Agency: University of California Press
Berkeley, CA 94720
Publication Number: ISBN 0-520-08488-8
Sale Source: University of California Press
2120 Berkely Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on archival sources, this book details the Nationalist secret police in China between 1927 and 1937 and its confrontation and collaboration with the Shanghai underworld.
Abstract: During the decade, the central government in Nanjing was dominated by Chiang Kai-Shek, and a central feature of his Nationalist program was the establishment of a special Chinese municipality in Shanghai. Members of the secret police represented the primary instrument of the Nationalists for imposing their revolutionary political order on China's largest urban city. Nonetheless, a criminal underworld existed that included casino and brothel owners, racketeers, drug syndicates, gun runners, underground Communist assassins, and Comintern secret agents. The author examines the role of the secret police in terms of developing new policing techniques and responding to organized crime and in terms of the implications of political choices for policing. Appendixes contain additional information on Public Security Bureau regulations on lotteries, the Shanghai Peace Preservation Corps, and the effect of the Great Depression on Shanghai police. References, notes, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): China; Crime in foreign countries; History of policing; Organized crime; Political influences; World criminology
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