The Shanghai A-Z, Paul French
French provides in this book a unique and a definitive guide to every street in Shanghai and its former allowing historians, researchers, tourists and the just plain curious to navigate the city in its pre-1949 incarnation. This A-Z includes the former International Settlement, French Concession, External Roads area with an extensive index, detailed map and alphabetical entry for every road.

Old Shanghai: Gangsters in Paradise, Lynn Pan
The history of old Shanghai is brought vividly to life in this classic work by Lynn Pan. Her account, tells the story through a number of interlocking portraits Du Yuesheng, China s most notorious secret society chief; Wang Jingwei, the Chinese Pétain ; General Dai Li, the head of wartime Asia s most powerful secret police. Through their eyes, their thoughts, their actions, we gain an unsurpassed look into the unfolding of history. No reader interested in China will be indifferent to this book, for few writers have told its story with so sure a grasp of the Chinese psyche. The rugby playing Shanghai police came across many of the characters in this book.

The Japanese Internment of Allied Civilians in China and Hong Kong, 1941-1945, Greg Leck
This book fills a major gap in the annals of World War II and that of prisoners of war.  Here for the first time is a definitive history of the internment of Allied civilians in China.  Private papers, diaries, letters, and official reports, many long hidden, were utilized to bring a complete picture of internment to light.  In preparing to write this book, Greg Leck combed through thousands of pages of documents from archives located in Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Japan.


The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914, Robert Bickers
Compellingly erudite and clear-sighted history (Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times)

Eighty-five Years of the S.V.C., I I Kounin and A Yaron
A very rare book. A history of the Shanghai Volunteer Corps published in 1938(?). Many divisions of the SVC had their own sports teams. In Rugby the Shanghai Scottish, the Armoured Cars (aka The Machine Gun Company) and "A" Company all fielded rugby teams. 

The Bund Shanghai: China Faces West, Peter Hibbard
"Peter Hibbard's knowledge of the city is encyclopedic -- Conde Nast Traveler

China History

No Dogs and Not Many Chinese: Treaty Port Life in China, 1843-1943, Frances Wood
The first treaty ports in China were opened in 1843. Here, for nearly a century, foreign traders ruled their own settlements, administered their own laws, controlled their own police forces and ran the customs service. Despite typhoons, disease, banditry and riots, merchants and missionary families in the treaty ports led as far as possible a foreign life. In 1943 the treaty ports were returned to China and most of their inhabitants interned by the Japanese. Yet the record of their residency remains in Shanghai's solid office buildings, in Tientsin's mock Tudor facades, and in the Edwardian villas of Peitaiho and Amoy. The last inhabitants of the treaty ports are also still alive: through their reminiscences and the accounts of their predecessors Frances Wood recalls a foreign life lived in a foreign land.

The Search for Modern China - Jonathan D Spence
This text, the classic introduction to modern China for students and general readers, emerged from Spence's highly successful introductory course at Yale, in which he traced the beginnings of modern China to internal developments beginning in the early 17th century. Strong on social and political history, as well as Chinese culture and its intersections with politics, this paperback is a longstanding leader in the survey course on modern China.

The History of Sport Played in China's Treaty Ports


Shanghai: The Rise and Fall of a Decadent City 1842 - 1949, Stella Dong

Transformed from a swampland wilderness into a dazzling modern-day Babylon, the Shanghai that pre-dated Mao's cultural revolution was a city like no other: redolent with opium and underworld crime, booming with foreign trade, blessed with untold wealth and marred by abject squalor. Journalist Stella Dong captures all the exoticism, extremes and excitement of this legendary city as if it were a larger-than-life character in a fantastic novel. As insightful and scholarly as it is detailed and gripping, Shanghai is a "brilliant tableau of creative energy and decadent humanity" (Seattle Times)