Anglo-China: Chinese People and British Rule in Hong Kong, 1841-1880

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Hong Kong University Press, Dec 1, 2008 - History - 484 pages
For its earliest promoters, Hong Kong was an island 'bespread with palaces, a beautifully and well ordered city, a miracle of British enterprise and dormant power' at the edge of a crumbling Chinese Empire. This 'capital of Anglo-China', as some of them called it, was a place where Chinese and Europeans could freely exchange goods and ideas under a benevolent and progressive British rule. Nineteenth-century Hong Kong was all of that. But it was also a struggling frontier settlement, troubled by crime and war, divided by race, and periodically rocked by controversy. Through a succession of experiments in government, early British officials sought ways of managing a politically complex Chinese population, who, though essential to Hong Kong's economic success, seemed intractable to traditional colonial methods. The uneasy solutions that emerged combined heavy policing of the lower classes and shaky collaboration with a burgeoning Chinese merchant elite. Anglo-China traces the development of colonial rule in early British Hong Kong. Drawing on a variety of hitherto neglected sources, the book also explores how the daily practice of government affected the lives of people in the region – and how they in turn sought to shape colonial rule.
 

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Very detailed on the very early history of Hong Kong. High level of focus on legal proceedings. Low level of use of other sources. Quick ending on Tung Wah hospital, like the researcher ran out of enthusiasm! But overall - excellent coverage of the period. Provides detail about Hong Kong, rather than being drawn into wider issues - which suited my preference. 

Contents

Introduction
1
PART ONE Founding a Colony
19
PART TWO Crime and Justice
107
PART THREE Finding an Finding an Equilibrium
255
Conclusion
374
Notes
379
Chinese Character List
442
Bibliography
446
Index
457
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Christopher Munn served as an administrative officer in the Hong Kong Government between 1980 and 1992. After a short break in the mid-nineties to take a PhD at the University of Toronto, he returned to Hong Kong, where he now works for the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

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