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Grounds of Judgment: Extraterritoriality and Imperial Power in Nineteenth-Century China and Japan

Par Kristoffer Cassel


This book reopens the question of consular jurisdiction and extraterritoriality in China and Japan. The book combines recent findings in Qing history on the nature of ethnicity and law with the history of the treaty ports in both China and Japan, especially Shanghai, Yokohama, and Nagasaki. Extraterritoriality was not implanted into East Asia as a ready-made product but developed in a dialogue with local precedents, local understandings of power, and local institutions, which are best understood within the complex triangular relationship between China, Japan and the West. A close reading of tr ... More

Keywords: egal pluralism, extraterritoriality, foreign relations, Sino-Japanese relations, consular jurisdiction, treaty ports

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199792054
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199792054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Par Kristoffer Cassel, author
University of Michigan