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Hong Kong in the Cold War$
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Priscilla Roberts and John M. Carroll

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208005

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208005.001.0001

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Hong Kong’s Twentieth Century

Hong Kong’s Twentieth Century

The Global Setting

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Hong Kong in the Cold War

Wang Gungwu

Hong Kong University Press

Viewing Hong Kong from the perspective of its global setting is an exceptionally fruitful exercise. Hong Kong is one of the few places in world history that came into being on the edge of an irresistible globalization process that is still continuing. It is a story of growth and change shaped by a modern empire. The British Empire, at its height for most of the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth century, was the most physically global entity in the world. This volume recognizes that, while taking the long view to bring the story beyond the era of empires down to the present when dramatic changes are taking place in Asia, especially in China. It is a good moment to look back and outline some of the ways that Hong Kong has responded to those changes....

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