Steve Lau

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Getting Stuck in For Shanghai: Putting the Kibosh &hellip by Robert Bickers
My earlier review of Mark O'Neil's, "The Chinese Labour Corps" was enthusiastic. My enthusiasm hasn't change, but after reading "Getting Stuck in For Shanghai" my understanding and appreciation has. Part of the great series by Penguin China to mark the centenary of the Great War, Getting Stuck in For Shanghai tells of how a reluctant cosmopolitan community in the Shanghai of 1914 tried to maintain good relations with each other, regardless of which side of the war they were on. This idealistic view of the world was perhaps made possible because, as everyone knew, it would be over by Christmas. But as the war spread over the years, and as rising numbers of those who had left Shanghai to… Read more
The Chinese Labour Corps: Penguin Special by Mark O'Neill
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This is a great introduction to the Chinese Labour Corps (CLC) particularly as the few books that are available on the subject, like that of Professor Gregory James, are heavyweight tomes that are not designed as introductory texts (The bibliography in James's book is longer that This book!).

Penguin are to be congratulated on the series of which this is a part. Interest in the CLC is on the rise with a campaign to establish a memorial to the 96,000 men afoot: ww1clc.

It is a mark of just how quickly the CLC were forgotten that not a single memorial exists to these men in the UK, so this accessible little book is a great addition to what's available on the subject.
Betrayal in Paris: How the Treaty of Versailles Le&hellip by Paul French
A great introductory book which is sufficiently detailed to give a complete picture but without being so long in the detail as to lose its pace.

Although the factual events are covered well, just as much attention is paid to the personalities involved and the implications of what unfolded at Versailles.

The book is short, so don't expect every aspect to be covered, but this book certainly punches above its weight, and whether you're new to the subject or looking for a refresher you can't go wrong with this little book, especially not at 99p for the ebook.