SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

The Shanghai International Settlement: Colonialism in China’s Global City

Isabella Jackson, Trinity College, Dublin

Date: 8 February 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 8 February 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: MB116

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The Shanghai International Settlement was the site of key developments of the Republican period: economic growth, rising Chinese nationalism and Sino-Japanese conflict. Managed by the Shanghai Municipal Council (SMC, 1854–1943), it was beyond the control of both the Chinese and the foreign imperial governments. In this paper, Jackson defines Shanghai's unique, hybrid form of colonial urban governance as transnational colonialism. The SMC was both colonial in its structures and subject to colonial influence, especially from the British empire, yet autonomous in its activities and transnational in its personnel. Through a study of how this unique body functioned on the local, national and international stages, the Council's impact on the daily lives of the city's residents and its contribution to the conflicts of the period are revealed. The implications go beyond Shanghai to encompass modern Chinese history more broadly and wider colonial history.

Organiser: Andrea Janku

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