Histoire de la Concession française de Shanghai: full searchable text

Histoire de la Concession française de Changhai by Ch.-B. Maybon and Jean Fredet was published by Plon in 1929.  This book represents a reference for the history of the French Concession in Shanghai. It covers only the early phase of the establishment and development of the concession, from 1848 to 1875. It is written from the perspective of French officials, in a language that undoubtedly reflects the patronizing attitude of French nationals in Shanghai. The reader needs to have this context in mind when examining this narrative of the French Concession.

Yet the book also offers a wealth of information and factual data about the history of the concession, and more broadly of Shanghai. It is based on a documentation no longer available for the most part, especially the archives of the French Municipal Council (only partially available at the Shanghai Municipal Archives) or the collections of the North China daily News. This history was the first part of a long-term project that was never completed. A Chinese translation of this book was published many years ago, which offers a useful supplement to the French version, especially for Chinese proper names (in French “pinyin” in the original).

The present version is not just a pdf image file. It is a full text searchable version. This book is no longer available on the market, except as a collector or bibliophile item. We make this digital version available with the intention and hope to serve the scholarly community with an easy access to this unique source for Shanghai history.

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This book represents a reference for the history of the French Concession Shanghai. It covers only the early phase of establishment and development of the concession, from 1848 to 1875. It is written from the perspective of French officials, in a language that undoubtedly reflects the patronizing attitude of French nationals in Shanghai. The reader needs to have this context in mind when examining this narrative of the French Concession.

Yet the book also offers a wealth of information and factual data about the history of the concession, and more broadly of Shanghai. It is based on a documentation no longer available for the most part, especially the archives of the French Municipal Council (only partially available at the Shanghai Municipal Archives) or the collections of the North China daily News. This history was the first part of a long-term project that was never completed. A Chinese translation of tis book was published many years ago, which offers a useful supplement to the French version, especially for Chinese proper names (in French “pinyin” in the original).

The present version is not just a pdf image file. It is a full text searchable version. This book is no longer available on the market, except as a collector or bibliophile item. We make this digital version available with the intention and hope to serve the scholarly community with an easy access to this unique source for Shanghai history.


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7 Responses

  1. TomPier says:

    great post as usual!

  2. Zoé says:

    Très beau travail!

    Une permière question par curiosité: pourquoi ce site est en anglais? Les chercheurs français ne sont plus intéressés par la recherche scientifique?

    À propos de l’Histoire sociale de la mort à Shanghai: ce projet est-il toujours “en vie”?

    Merci.

    Z.

    • Merci. La langue internationale de la recherche sur la Chine est l’anglais. Il n’y a pas d’autre moyen d’être lu par les Chinois, Japonais, Américains, etc. Ce site sert à beaucoup de monde (35000/mois), même s’il s’adresse en priorité au monde de la recherche.

  3. Xavier Murer says:

    Bonjour,
    Merci pour la mise à disposition de ce texte.
    “It is written from the perspective of French officials, in a language that undoubtedly reflects the patronizing attitude of French nationals in Shanghai. ”
    Existe-t-il des ouvrages de cette époque sur la concession française ou sur les concessions étrangères, d’un point de vue chinois? Si oui, pourriez-vous indiquer les références.

  4. Il existe toute une littérature par les historiens chinois sur les concessions. Je ne peux pas en fournir la liste ici. Une partie de ces références se trouvent dans la section “Bibliography” de Virtual Shanghai. On peut les rechercher à partir du pinyin ou des titres:auteurs en chinois. Vous pouvea aussi consulter la bibliographie thématique “History of foreign communities”.

  5. Xavier Murer says:

    Merci. Au moment où je lis votre réponse, moi qui regarde la télévision rarement, je peux vous voir au cours d’une interview à la télévision chinoise.

  6. gadrat says:

    bonjour
    je suis à la recherche des archives de la concession internationale de shangai ,pourriez vous m’indiquer l’endroit qui les héberge ?
    en vous remerciant
    bien cordialement
    bernard gadrat

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