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At the Crossroads of EmpiresMiddlemen, Social Networks, and State-Building in Republican Shanghai$
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Nara Dillon and Jean C. Oi

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756198

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756198.001.0001

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Du Yuesheng, the French Concession, and Social Networks in Shanghai

Du Yuesheng, the French Concession, and Social Networks in Shanghai

(p.65) Chapter 4 Du Yuesheng, the French Concession, and Social Networks in Shanghai
At the Crossroads of Empires

Brian G. Martin

Stanford University Press

This chapter describes how the leaders in Shanghai, particularly Du Yuesheng, sought to legitimize their activities and to integrate their gangster systems with the new political and economic structures developed by the Guomindang state. Du was a key broker between the French authorities in Shanghai and Chinese state authorities. The role of Green Gang bosses in Shanghai society was strengthened by political developments. The 1911 Revolution witnessed the first tentative cooperation between the Green Gang and the revolutionary parties of the new Chinese Republic. It is noted that the Perseverance Society was Du's personal organization, and was important to his system of power in Shanghai. Throughout 1949 and 1950, he attempted to protect his assets in return for not opposing the communist takeover, even considering a new role for himself in a communist-dominated Shanghai.

Keywords:   Shanghai, Du Yuesheng, Guomindang, state authorities, Green Gang, 1911 Revolution, Chinese Republic, Perseverance Society

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