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