A Modern History of Hong Kong : 1841-1997
This major history of Hong Kong tells the remarkable story of how a cluster of remote fishing villages grew into an icon of capitalism. The story began in 1842 with the founding of the Crown Colony after the First Anglo-Chinese war - the original 'Opium War'. As premier power in Europe and an expansionist empire, Britain first created in Hong Kong a major naval station and the principal base to open the Celestial Chinese Empire to trade. Working in parallel with the locals, the British built it up to become a focus for investment in the region and an international centre with global shipping, banking and financial interests. Yet by far the most momentous change in the history of this prosperous, capitalist colony was its return in 1997 to 'Mother China', the most powerful Communist state in the world.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 156 x 234 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
- 04 Sep 2007
- I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
- London, United Kingdom
- 8 intergrated illustrations
'Tsang's history is authoritative and well-researched...From rock to great metropolis, the story storms along, full of heroes and villains, eccentrics and visionaries, bounders and buccaneers.' Chris Patten, New Statesman 'Steve Tsang's admirable A Modern History of Hong kong is clearly written, logically organised and sustains a tone of persuasive authority.' Wm Roger Louis, Kerr Professor at the University of Texas at Austin 'Having spent half his life in Hong Kong and half in the West, Mr Tsang is uniquely placed to write this book. He has produced what must be the definitive history of Hong Kong.' Contemporary Review 'This is a well constructed, thorough yet succinct history of Hong Kong. It should be on the shelf of everyone interested in the city. for the general reader, this will stimulate further interest. For the experts, enjoy Tsang's fine style.' Christine Loh, Civic Exchange 'A respected Oxford scholar brought up in Hong Kong, [Steve Tsang] has drawn on a vast array of sources, Chinese as well as British, to produce a thorough and well-crafted study which should appeal to the general reader as well as 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.' Sir Robin McLaren, China Review
About Steve Tsang
Steve Tsang is Louis Cha Fellow and University Reader in Politics at St Antony's College, Oxford University. He served as Director of the Asian Studies Centre at Oxford from 1997 to 2003 and is author of "Hong Kong: An Appointment with China", also published by I.B. Tauris.