Administering the Colonizer

Administering the Colonizer : Manchuria's Russians under Chinese Rule, 1918-29

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Students and scholars of modern Russia and China and anyoneinterested in the history of cultural relations, empire, or urbanadministration will find this book of interest.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19.05mm | 460g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • 5 b&w illustrations, 2 maps, 1 table
  • 0774816570
  • 9780774816571
  • 2,449,146

Table of contents

1 Introduction: Where Yellow Ruled White - Harbin, 1929

2 Railway Frontier: North Manchuria before 1917

3 The Chinese Eastern Railway: From Russian Concession to ChineseSpecial District

4 Securing the Special District: Police, Courts, and Prisons

5 Experiments Co-Administering the Chinese Eastern Railway

6 Manchurian Landlords: The Struggle over the SpecialDistrict's Land

7 Whose City Is This? Special District Municipal Governance

8 Making Russians Chinese: Secondary and Post-SecondaryEducation

9 Conclusion: Playing Guest and Host on the Manchurian Stage




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Review quote

Chiasson is not afraid to take on the racial prejudice and discrimination that was part of life in China's concession areas. His use of many Russian sources allows him to give the Russian perspective on what is usually taken to be a part of China's history. This book should have wide appeal to those interested in modernization, colonial history, inter-cultural confrontations and, intimately related to these topics, the creation of planned human communities.
- Ronald Suleski, author of Civil Government in Warlord China: Tradition, Modernization, and Manchuria
"Administering the Colonizer" is fine scholarship. Chiasson, more than any previous author, details the administrative structures and policies by which the unique city of Harbin was governed during the transition from Russian to Chinese rule. His book makes an outstanding original contribution on a subject that is important in its own right, but even more so as instances of mixed administration (both historical and current) are popular and relevant cases to study.
- James Carter, author of Creating a Chinese Harbin: Nationalism in an International City, 1916-1932
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About Blaine R. Chiasson

Blaine R. Chiasson is an associate professor of modernChinese history and Sino-Russian relations at Wilfrid LaurierUniversity.
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