This book is a study of a small war fought over six days in the New Territories of Hong Kong, between 14 and 19 April 1899. This war was the only military campaign fought within the Hong Kong area during the period of British administration, other than the fighting against the Japanese during the last World War. It was an Imperial war, fought to secure an expansion of the British Empire, taking place during the period when Imperialism as a belief-system was at its peak in Britain and the British Overseas Dominions, and this makes it an interesting area of study. The campaign was ill-managed by the Hong Kong military authorities. Provision of supplies to the British troops was extremely poor. The leaders of the insurgency were taken from the traditional village leadership, and comprised almost exclusively gentry figures of great wealth and status, men older than the average from their villages.
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