“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
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Doug Clarke at Vibe Books on Lantau – Saturday 9th November

Posted: November 6th, 2019 | 1 Comment »

War, riots, rebellion, sedition, corruption, assassinations, murder, infidelity, and, even, a failed hanging.  These were just some of the many challenges faced by the British and American courts that operated China, Japan and Korea for close to a 100 years.  Established in the mid 19th Century under treaties signed when foreign gunboats forced all three countries to open to the outside world, the foreign courts had the sole right to try their own nationals to the exclusion of local courts.

This book tells the 100 year history of this system of extraterritoriality.   Based on original research through original archives and hundreds of trial transcripts, it tells not only the story of the courts and how the locals reacted to them but also the fascinating lives of the judges, lawyers and parties before the courts.

Extraterritoriality had a huge impact on the modern development of both China and Japan.  For China, the period is the “Century of Humiliation”; for Japan the same era is celebrated. If you want to understand how both countries view the world – and each other – this book is a must read.

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One Comment on “Doug Clarke at Vibe Books on Lantau – Saturday 9th November”

  1. 1 Michael OKane said at 10:59 am on November 12th, 2019:

    The extraterritorial courts in Shanghai might serve as a model for the courts in any Mars colony, where there surely will be disputes over which country’s laws will govern the behavior of its citizens on the Red planet.
    See, marslegalcode.org.

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