Vol. 16 (2009)

Demon Capital Shanghai: The “Modern” Experience of Japanese Intellectuals - Prologue: Two “Shanghais”

Joshua A. Fogel
York University
Published February 7, 2009


In this introduction to his study of the role of Shanghai in the Japanese experience of modernity, Liu Jianhui lays out the contours of where the oddity that is Shanghai between the Treaty of Nanjing (1842) and the end of WWII came from. With spheres carved out of the city by Britain, France, and the United States on one side and the walled Chinese city of Shanghai on the other, there were two competing images that confronted the latecomer Japanese to the city.