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A Modern History of Hong Kong

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From a little-known fishing community at the periphery of China, Hong Kong developed into one of the world's most spectacular and cosmopolitan metropoles after a century and a half of British imperial rule. This history of Hong Kong -- from its occupation by the British in 1841 to its return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 -- includes the foundation of modern Hong Kong; its ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 15th 2007 by I. B. Tauris (first published January 1st 2003)
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Liam
Jan 11, 2016 Liam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It [the tea trade] amounted to about 16 per cent of customs revenue in Britain in the five years preceding the First Anglo-Chinese War, and was sufficient to pay for about 83 per cent of the costs for maintaining the Royal Navy." (6)

"The main British concern [during the First Opium War] was to secure the right to trade in China and make as much profit as possible. In general, the British government did not see the opium trade in moral terms and merely treated it as a most profitable commerce th
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Ajj
Aug 26, 2011 Ajj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tsang presents a thorough picture of the development of Hong Kong into the unique polity it is today. It really could use another chapter or two about how the last few years of Chinese control have played out to be a truly "modern" history. If there is a future edition I hope the editor encourages Tsang to include an updated epilogue.
Geoffrey Rose
Jan 29, 2013 Geoffrey Rose rated it it was ok
A dull but serviceable general political and economic history of 19th and 20th century Hong Kong. It wasn't a lively read and I would have preferred some inclusion of social and cultural factors but it did the job and certainly made the case that the British transition in 1997 went about as well as could be expected.
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“British rule also left its mark on Hong Kong in a more important and sustainable way. It led to the rise of a people that remains quintessentially Chinese and yet share a way of life, core values and an outlook that resemble at least as much, if not more, that of the average New Yorker or Londoner, rather than that of their compatriots in China.” 0 likes
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