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Hong Kong's History

State and Society Under Colonial Rule


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Hong Kong's rise form obscure fishing port to world city is usually put down to good colonial rule by Britain. This book challenges such a view and shows how the city's success was shaped by the ruling elite, business class, compradors, social activists and other native Hong Kongers. Rewriting Hong Kong's history from the bottom up, the chapters investigate vital, but hitherto obscured aspects of the colonies rise. They cover the Chinese collaboration with the colonial regime, legal discrimination and intimidation, rural politics. socila movements, government-business relations, industrial policy, flexible manufacturing and colonial historiography. Drawing together contributions from historians, sociologists and political scientists the book highlights the role played by a variety of social actors in Hong Kong's history and differs both from recent celebrations of British colonialism and anti-colonial Chinese nationalism. John Carroll Harvard University Stephen W. K. Chiu CHinese Univeristy of Hong Kong Alex Hang-Keung Queens University, Canada Hui Po-Keung Lingnan College, Hong Kong
Release date Australia
August 12th, 1999
Edited by Tak-Wing Ngo
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
8 Tables, black and white
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