256 China Review International: Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring 1995 Jung-fang Tsai. Hong Kong in Chinese History: Community and Social Unrest in the British Colony, 1842-1913. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993. 375 pp. Hardcover $45.00. With its 1997 retrocession to Chinese sovereignty looming closer every day, Hong Kong has, during the past decade, appeared frequently in the headlines of die international press and as a subject of academic discussion. Yet despite die proliferation of tides on Hong Kong, there is still an obvious lack of serious scholarship in English on die historical development of Hong Kong, especially its local Chinese community. This volume goes a long way toward filling the gap by offering a very solid, original, and penetrating study of the first seven decades of Hong Kong society under British rule, from the Opium War to the aftermath of the 1911 republican revolution. Based on extensive documentation in both Chinese and English, this book delineates die gradual yet significant social and political changes that transformed colonial Hong Kong during a crucial stage of Sino-Western interaction and die global expansion of capitalism-imperialism. By placing his study in the context of modern Chinese history, Tsai offers an effective
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Mar 30, 1995
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