The Raj on Nanjing Road: Sikh Policemen in Treaty-Port Shanghai

Isabella Jackson

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Sikh policemen were an indelible part of the landscape of Shanghai in the first decades of the twentieth century, and have left their mark in the ways in which the city is remembered up to the present day. Yet their history has never been told and historians of the period have, at best, simply referred to them in passing. This paper redresses this gap in the literature by accounting for the presence of the Sikh branch of the Shanghai Municipal Police and exploring their role in the governance and policing of the International Settlement. This enriches our understanding of the nature of the British presence in China and the ways in which Indian sub-imperialism extended to China's treaty ports, for on the streets of Shanghai, and not Shanghai alone, British power had an Indian face.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1672-1704
Number of pages33
JournalModern Asian Studies
Issue number6
Early online date29 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


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