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When the British occupied the tiny island of Hong Kong during the First Opium War, the Chinese empire was well into its decline, while Great Britain was already in the second decade of its legendary "Imperial Century." From this collision of empires arose a city that continues to intrigue observers. Melding Chinese and Western influences, Hong Kong has long defied easy categorization. John M. Carroll's engrossing and accessible narrative explores the remarkable history of Hong Kong from the early 1800s through the post-1997 handover, when this former colony became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. The book explores Hong Kong as a place with a unique identity, yet also a crossroads where Chinese history, British colonial history, and world history intersect. Carroll concludes by exploring the legacies of colonial rule, the consequences of Hong Kong's reintegration with China, and significant developments and challenges since 1997.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||Critical Issues in World and International History Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.31(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.84(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
Table of Contents
Introduction: Hong Kong in History
Chapter 1: Early Colonial Hong Kong
Chapter 2: Colonialism and Society
Chapter 3: Colonialism and Nationalism
Chapter 4: The Interwar Years
Chapter 5: War and Revolution
Chapter 6: A New Hong Kong
Chapter 7: Becoming Hong Kongese
Chapter 8: The Countdown to 1997
Epilogue: Beyond 1997