Who were the Shanghai Municipal Police, and why were they there?
The British recruits of 1919
in New frontiers
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This chapter examines the lives, careers and mentalities of a group in Shanghai: British men in the Shanghai Municipal Police (SMP). It begins with a survey of the British communities in the city and moves on to discuss briefly the functions of the SMP. The chapter looks at why those recruited in 1919 joined up, what police service in Shanghai offered them, and what it made them. It concerns with the formation and maintenance of one type of British-derived identity in this society. British mores and structures dominated foreign life and the government of the International Settlement down to the Pacific War, but British society in the city was far from homogeneous. The supervisory capacity of British recruits must, have been limited, atleast by their lack of familiarity with Shanghai's languages, with the city itself, and with Chinese society, and modes of social interaction and social obligation.

New frontiers

Imperialism's new communities in East Asia, 1842-1953


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