From Patriarchs to Capitalists

Wen-hsin Yeh

in Shanghai Splendor

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249714
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933422 | DOI:
From Patriarchs to Capitalists

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In July 1937, the Nationalist government declared the War of Resistance against Japan. In Shanghai, fighting broke out soon after in the city's outskirts on August 13, 1937. The war, which was to last for eight years (1937–45), went through three stages: intense fighting in the lower Yangzi region, the isolation of the foreign concessions into “lone islets” in occupied China, and, with the outbreak of war in the Pacific on December 7, 1941, the full occupation of the concessions under Japanese military authorities. Workplace culture in Shanghai's modern sectors underwent significant transformation during the war. Managers and clerks survived by juggling different priorities. Whether on the floors of the stores or in the offices of banks and firms, new ideas about the corporate family took hold that were to refashion post-war urban politics at the workplace.

Keywords: Nationalist government; War of Resistance; Japan; workplace culture; Shanghai; corporate family; urban politics

Chapter.  22397 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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