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Gavin Ure

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083947

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083947.001.0001

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Autonomy and the Threat to Sovereignty

Autonomy and the Threat to Sovereignty

(p.67) 5 Autonomy and the Threat to Sovereignty
Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office

Gavin Ure

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter argues that autonomy increases when the exercise of sovereignty over the subordinate organisation is threatened. This is studied against the backdrop of Britain’s loss of Hong Kong to the force of Japanese arms and pressure from the United States and Chinese governments for its return to China after Japan’s defeat. The chapter also shows how, under such circumstances, the desire to ensure the recovery of sovereignty was greater than the British government’s ability to exercise it.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Governors, Colonial Office, UK, Policy-making, Sovereignty, World War II, Japan, United States

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