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Edge of Empires: Chinese Elites and British Colonials in Hong Kong

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In an engaging, revisionist study, John M. Carroll argues that in the century after the Opium War, Hong Kong's colonial nature helped create a local Chinese business elite.

By the end of the nineteenth century, the colonial government saw Chinese businessmen as allies in establishing Hong Kong as a commercial center. The idea of a commercially vibrant China united them. Chi

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Hardcover, 260 pages
Published April 30th 2005 by Harvard University Press
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Brief history of HK from the 1830s, during its acquisition by the British after the First Opium War, until just after its conquest by the Japanese in 1941 and their administration.

Focus is on the complex relationship between Chinese mercantile elites and the British administration in HK, and noting the gap between the latter's first colonial policy and its later actions. Asserts that Hong Kong's economic success as a British colony was not necessarily due to trade liberalization but also efforts
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