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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this deeply researched but sterile history of the British crown colony, Welsh describes how Hong Kong became a trading and commercial center after its inception during the 1839-1842 Opium War and gives a straightforward account of the British entrepreneurs and their accumulation of wealth. The narrative is focused almost entirely on British rather than Chinese interests. Welsh chronicles periodic scandals involving the opium trade, prostitution, gambling and corruption that often led to quarrels between colonial governors, civil servants, goverment departments and the community. He describes conditions in the colony during the WW II Japanese military occupation and the postwar effect of Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution and the 1989 massacre in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Welsh predicts that the handover of Hong Kong to Beijing in 1997 will be accomplished without a serious hitch. ``To any British government,'' he concludes, ``Hong Kong will remain a peripheral concern.'' A former international banker, Welsh is the author of Building a Trireme. Photos. (Oct.)
The author draws on a wide range of sources, including both official documents and firsthand accounts, to recount the unusual history of Hong Kong, which is soon (in 1997) to be returned to Chinese sovereignty after 150 years of British rule. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568360027
  • Publisher: Kodansha International
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Pages: 540
  • Product dimensions: 6.55 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Unwilling parents 1
1 The Two Empires 11
2 A Stream of Silver 32
3 The Humiliation of Lord Napier 62
4 Unjust Treaties? 101
5 A Barren Island 132
6 The Davis Raid 155
7 Retrenchment 184
8 The Tumult and the Shouting Dies 211
9 Some Distasteful Topics 252
10 Fortress Hong Kong 280
11 A Slight Extension to the Colony of Hong Kong 313
12 Hong Kong and the Chinese Revolution 347
13 A Colonial Backwater 374
14 The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere 405
15 Between Four Stools 441
16 The Golden Years 474
17 Recessional 502
Epilogue 537
Appendix A: British Governments and Prominent Chinese 542
Appendix B: Governors of Hong Kong 548
Notes and Sources 549
Bibliography 576
List of Illustrations 592
Index 594
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