Governing Hong Kong
Administrative Officers from the 19th Century to the Handover to China, 1862-1997
By (author) Steve Tsang
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Governing Hong Kong by Steve Tsang
Book DescriptionHong Kong is at the heart of modern China's position as a regional - and potential world - superpower. In this important and original history of the region, Steve Tsang argues that its current prosperity is a direct by-product of the British administrators who ran the place as a colony before the handover in 1997.The British administration of Hong Kong uniquely derived its practices from the best traditions of Imperial Chinese government and its philosophical, Confucian basis. It stressed efficiency, honesty, fairness, benevolent paternalism and individual freedom. The result was a hugely successful colony, especially in industry and finance, and it remains so today with its new status of Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.Under British imperial administration, Hong Kong grew from a collection of fishing villages to an international entrepot, an industrial power and an international financial centre. British and Chinese interests dovetailed and the Chinese population was satisfied by the welfare reform and economic advancement perpetuated by Britain's administrative officers. Demand for constitutional reform and a sense of Hong Kong Chinese identity grew only as the handover to China approached.This definitive history of the colourful individuals who administered the colony on behalf of the British government sheds light on two empires inextricably linked in nature and on the philosophy of government.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845115258
(234mm x 156mm x 26mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Hong Kong, Paperback (December 1997)» View all books by Steve Tsang
This text is an introduction to the 1997 hand-over of Hong Kong to China from British colonial rule. It provides the background and implications of this hand-over, including the problems which have threatened the process - particularly the Tiananmen massacre and disputes over democratization.
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Author Biography - 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 the author of A Modern History of Hong Kong, The Cold War's Odd Couple and Hong Kong: An Appointment with China, all published by I.B. Tauris.
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