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- DescriptionThis compelling book provides a rare glimpse into the heart of wartime China. Kathryn Meyer draws us into the perilous world of the Garden of Grand Vision, a ramshackle structure where a floating population of thousands found shelter-and despair. We follow the three Japanese police officers who were dispatched into the underworld of occupied China to investigate crime and vice in the Harbin slums while their military leaders dragged Japan deeper into the Pacific War. While following these policemen, the reader discovers a remarkable and unexpected view of World War II in East Asia that brings to life the margins of a violent and entrepreneurial society, the struggles of an occupying police force to maintain order, and the underbelly of Japanese espionage. Drawing on the author's years of rediscovering the historical trail in Manchuria and research based on top-secret Japanese military documents and Chinese memoirs, this book offers a unique and powerful social and cultural history of a forgotten world.
- Author BiographyKathryn Meyer is professor of history at Wright State University. Her books include Webs of Smoke: Smugglers, Warlords, Spies, and the History of the International Drug Trade.
- Author(s)Kathryn Meyer
- PublisherRowman & Littlefield
- Date of Publication11/09/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleState & Society in East Asia
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRowman & Littlefield Publishers
- Content Note11 black & white illustrations, 34 black & white halftones, 2 tables
- Weight549 g
- Width162 mm
- Height233 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
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