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Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life

Jie Li


In the dazzling global metropolis of Shanghai, what has it meant to call this city home? In this account—part microhistory, part memoir—the text salvages intimate recollections by successive generations of inhabitants of two vibrant, culturally mixed Shanghai alleyways from the Republican, Maoist, and post-Mao eras. Exploring three dimensions of private life—territories, artifacts, and gossip—the book re-creates the sounds, smells, look, and feel of home over a tumultuous century. First built by British and Japanese companies in 1915 and 1927, the two homes at the center of this narrative were ... More

Keywords: Shanghai, Republican, Maoist era, post-Mao era, private lives, International Settlement, Sino-Japanese War, Cultural Revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231167178
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167178.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jie Li, author
Harvard University

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