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

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

by John M. Carroll
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674017013

ISBN-13: 9780674017016

Pub. Date: 04/30/2005

Publisher: Harvard

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

Overview

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. Chinese and British leaders cooperated on issues of mutual concern, such as the expansion of capitalism and political and economic directions for an ailing China.

These Chinese also found opportunities in the colonial system to develop business and commerce. In doing so, they used Hong Kong's strategic position to underscore their own identity as a distinctive group unlike their mainland counterparts. Nationalism took on a specifically Hong Kong character. At the same time, by contributing to imperial war funds, organizing ceremonies for visiting British royalty, and attending imperial trade exhibitions, the Chinese helped make Hong Kong an active member of the global British Empire.

In Edge of Empires, Carroll situates Hong Kong squarely within the framework of both Chinese and British colonial history, while exploring larger questions about the meaning and implications of colonialism in modern history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674017016
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/30/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Note on Romanization

Introduction

1. Colonialism and Collaboration: Chinese Subjects and the Making of British Hong Kong

2. A Better Class of Chinese: Building the Emporium of the East

3. Strategic Balance: Status and Respect in the Colonial Context

4. A Place of Their Own: Clubs and Associations

5. Nationalismand Identity: The Case of Ho Kai

6. Preserving Hong Kong: The Strike-Boycott of 1925 - 1926

7. Transforming the Barren Island: The 1941 Centenary

Conclusion

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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