From a little-known fishing community at the periphery of China, Hong Kong developed into one of the world's most spectacular and cosmopolitan cities after a century and a half of British imperial rule. The history of Hong Kong, from its occupation by the British in 1841 to its return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, is a fascinating story of East meeting West. This book addresses the changing relations between the local Chinese and expatriate communities in 156 years of British rule, and the emergence of a local identity. It explains the importance of China as a factor in its development and the origins of the so-called "1997 problems," thus analyzing the underlying reasons for the rise of a liberal society committed to the rule of law without democracy.
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Steve Tsang is Louis Cha Senior Research Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford University. He is the author of Hong Kong: An Appointment with China (I.B.Tauris, 1997).
Contemporary Review: "The definitive history of Hong Kong." Sir Robin McLaren (British Ambassador to China 1991-94): "This is the first serious history of Hong Kong to cover the whole period of British rule... Steve Tsang is well-equipped to write it... he has drawn on a vast array of sources...to produce a thorough and well-crafted study which should appeal to the general reader as well as to the specialist... For those who want to understand the importance of the territory's British legacy in its continuing success, Dr Tsang's study is likely to remain the best guide for some time to come." Far Eastern Economic Review: "Steve Tsang has now provided an elegantly written and most timely book...He has also set an extremely high bar for future authors on Hong Kong with his immense scholarship and fine writing. Tsang offers in each chapter the finest summaries one can find anywhere on Hong Kong history." 'This is, in a word, an impressive book... despite the encyclopaedic wealth of facts and documentation presented, it is a very readable narrative.'- East Asia
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