Government and Politics: A Documentary History of Hong Kong

Government and Politics: A Documentary History of Hong Kong

Government and Politics: A Documentary History of Hong Kong

Government and Politics: A Documentary History of Hong Kong

Synopsis

This volume analyses the evolution of a unique brand of politics in Hong Kong. It examines how a Crown Colony system responded to the demands made of it by its Chinese and British residents in the shadow of the often volatile politics of modern China.

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Impending changes in the political status of Hong Kong have in recent years brought about considerable interest in Hong Kong studies. Despite the very active publication of academic works and general books about Hong Kong in the last few years, there is still a need for a good scholarly general history which takes account of overall changes in Hong Kong's politics, society, external relations, education, economy, culture, and many other aspects of life. Indeed many recent publications are rather narrowly focused on either the Sino-British negotiations of the early 1980s or the transition of Hong Kong from a British Crown Colony to a Chinese Special Administrative Region. These are subjects that must be understood within the broad trends of Hong Kong's history, which has remained relatively neglected.

The future of Hong Kong cannot but be built on its past. It is our belief that as Hong Kong looks forward, it must also make a dispassionate assessment of its experience under British rule. No doubt, opinions about this assessment will vary; it will take time and discussions for Hong Kong, as China's Special Administrative Region, to come to terms with its colonial past. However, in our opinion, not only should such discussions be well informed, they should also not be restricted to specialists. For this reason, we think it best to produce these volumes that allow important documents to speak for themselves. the existing literature has not allowed easy access to most of the basic documents on Hong Kong history for non-specialists, and it is the object of this series to fill this gap.

We hope this series of a documentary history will be sufficiently detailed and authoritative for specialists, but will remain comprehensible to general readers. It should be a ready reference which is also readable as a general history. in our conception, a good documentary history is more than a selective reprint of documents. It should present relevant documents with introductory comments that will explain their context and highlight their significance in an interpretative framework. in this series each volume is self-contained and is edited by one or . . .

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