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A Concise History of Hong Kong (Critical Issues in History) (Critical Issues in World and International History)

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Explores the history of Hong Kong from the early 1800s through the post-1997 handover, when this former colony became a Special Administrative Region of China. This book concludes by exploring the legacies of colonial rule, the consequences of Hong Kong's reintegration with China, and significant developments and challenges since 1997.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 28th 2007 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Hayward Chan
Aug 11, 2013 Hayward Chan rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I picked up this book only because of the translation controversy. I have been reading books in more details than a "concise history", so I am not expecting much from this book. I am more interested in why a pro-PRC press is interested in offering a Chinese version.

Surprisingly this book is written with much more depth than i had thought. Granted, covering history of Hong Kong since 1841 in about 200 pages has to be nothing but "concise" as the title suggest. This book, however, is not
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Jerome Parisse
Sep 16, 2010 Jerome Parisse rated it liked it
As part of the research for my next novel, I’ve been reading A concise history of Hong Kong, by John Carroll, and I’ve learned a lot. The book was written with the general public in mind and is not full of technical and historical details only relevant to historians. The focus in on the days since the founding of the British colony in 1841. I wish there had been more about the Japanese occupation from 1941 to 1945, a period I am fascinated with, but overall I found the book very interesting. The ...more
Justin Wu
Jul 20, 2013 Justin Wu rated it really liked it
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Carroll provided a brief outline of Hong Kong's history under the British Empire. Sometimes the stories he mentioned look ambiguous as they are often not cited, but he did well in explaining the social atmosphere before the war period, a time often neglected by historians. The part on post-war reform looks weak, as events such as the Young Plan or the 1967 riot are not really discussed in details. Overall, it is a good read for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of Hong Kong, espec ...more
Michael
Jul 29, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
A very informative text on the fascinating history of Hong Kong. Even though it's a history book (which sounds rather dry), it reads almost like a novel as it progresses through time chronologically, leaving you curious to know what happens next. I would highly recommend this to anyone who will be spending any decent amount of time in Hong Kong. It has greatly enriched my understanding and appreciation of this splendid place.
Jimmy
Jan 21, 2013 Jimmy rated it really liked it
Serves what the title says ... this is a summary of Hong Kong dated back to its beginning that led to its current state. It contains useful historical information that help even someone like me, who grew up in Hong Kong, to get a grip of the concise history without having to read a lot of Hong Kong books from different periods.
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