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Book
viii, 278 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
'Miracles of Life' opens and closes in Shanghai, the city where J.G.Ballard was born, and where he spent the most of the Second World War interned with his family in a Japanese concentration camp. In the intervening chapters Ballard creates a memoir that is both an enthralling narrative and a detailed examination of the events which would profoundly influence his work. Beginning with his early childhood spent exploring the vibrant surroundings of pre-war Shanghai, Ballard charts the course of his remarkable life from the deprivations and unexpected freedoms of the Lunghua Camp to his return to a Britain physically and psychologically crippled by war. He explores his subsequent involvement in the dramatic social changes of the 1960s, and the adjustments to life following the premature death of his wife. In prose displaying his characteristic precision and eye for detail, Ballard recounts the experiences which would fundamentally shape his writing, while simultaneously providing an striking social analysis of the fragmented post-war Britain that lies behind so many of his novels. 'Miracles of Life' is an utterly captivating account of an extraordinary writer's extraordinary life.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780007270729 20160528
Green Library
CHINA-92S-01, HISTORY-92S-01

2. Wartime Shanghai [1998]

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x, 198 p., [18] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Preface: Shanghai Besieged, 1937-1945, Wen-hsin Yeh Introduction: The Struggle to Survive, Wen-hsin Yeh Ambiguities of Occupation: Foreign Resisters, Bernard Wasserstein The Other Japanese Community, Joshua A. Fogel Chinese Capitalists and the Japanese, Parks M. Coble Projecting Ambivalence, Poshek Fu Urban Warfare and Underground Resistance, Wen-hsin Yeh Urban Controls in Wartime Shanghai, Frederic Wakeman Jr. The Purge in Shanghai (1945-1946), Marie-Claire Bergere.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415174411 20160527
In 1937 when the war between China and Japan reached Shanghai, the city's Western administrators declared neutrality. The International Settlement and French Concession were spared from Japanese occupation, but behind the facade of prosperity the city was the scene of political intrigue, violence and assassination. In 1941 the whole of Shanghai was annexed by the Japanese and both Chinese and Europeans had to find their own ways of surviving until liberation. Wartime Shanghai is a lively account of the political and social situation between 1937 and 1946. It explores the deep political rivalries between Nationalist groups, the intrigue of international espionage and how Shanghai society, from European administrators to Chinese film makers, collaborated with, or resisted, the Japanese occupation. Drawing on archival and published sources in English, French, Chinese and Japanese, the authors show the diversity of groups and communities that made up wartime Shanghai. This book is an engaging collection of essays written on an exciting, but often neglected episode of Chinese history. Wen-hsin Yeh University of California, Berkeley, USA; Bernard Wasserstein Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UK; Joshua A. Fogel Kyoto University, Japan; Parks M. Co.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415174411 20160527
Green Library
CHINA-92S-01, HISTORY-92S-01
Book
547 p. ; 20 cm.
Green Library
CHINA-92S-01, HISTORY-92S-01