This set comprises a comprehensive selection of colonial Western scholarly texts on Chinese secret societies from the early nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. It includes a selection of important papers on Chinese secret societies by a variety of scholars, missionaries and colonial officials, and reprints the following works: * Thian Ti Hwui: The Hung League  Gustave Schlegel * Freemasonry in China  Herbert Allen Giles * The Triad Society  Inspector William Stanton * The Hung Society, or The Society of Heaven and Earth  originally published in 3 volumes, John S. M. Ward and William Stirling * Triad and Tabut: A Survey of the Origin and Diffusion of Chinese and Mohamedan Secret Societies in the Malay Peninsula 1800-1935  Mervyn Llewelyn Wynne * Triad Societies in Hong Kong  W.P. Morgan
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Kingsley Bolton is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Hong Kong, where he lectures on sociolinguistics and World Englishes. He has published a number of books and articles on sociolinguistics, Asian Englishes, Hong Kong English, Chinese pidgin English, and Chinese secret societies.
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