Empire Made Me : An Englishman adrift in Shanghai

Author(s): Robert A. Bickers

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Shanghai in the wake of the First World War was one of the world's most dynamic, brutal and exciting cities a swarming metropolis of nightclubs, opium-dens, gambling, sex and murder. Threatened from within by gangsters, communists and nationalists, and from without by Chinese warlords and the Japanese military, the hold of the British-dominated administration seemed increasingly fragile. Robert Bickers' account of this corrupt and mesmerizing city is illuminated of a forgotten Englishman - a tough, resourceful policeman who stepped into the maelstrom of post-war Shanghai. Told through the moving story of one man's life and death while working for a governing class he could never belong to, Empire Made Me provides an intriguing glimpse into how the British Empire really worked.


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"'This is a biography of a nobody that offers a window into an otherwise closed world. It is a life which manages to touch us all' Empire Made Me"

Robert Bickers is Senior Lecturer in History at Bristol University. He has published extensively on Chinese history.

General Fields

  • : 9780141011950
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : 0.31
  • : June 2004
  • : 198mm X 131mm X 25mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Robert A. Bickers
  • : Paperback
  • : 951.13204092
  • : 416
  • : 16 b&w illustrations