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  1. says: Pdf/E–book (A History of Hong Kong) Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Frank Welsh

    Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Frank Welsh Frank Welsh ↠ 5 Read Summary A History of Hong Kong Hong Kong's colonial history isn't just worth learning about for those interested in the city Conceptions and misconceptions about

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    Summary A History of Hong Kong Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Frank Welsh Frank Welsh ↠ 5 Read Welsh takes a stab at a comprehensive history of Hong Kong but stumbles along the way Welsh's take is revisionist his opening shot being that the first Anglo Chinese War also known as the Opium War was not about

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    Pdf/E–book (A History of Hong Kong) 600 pages and three months later I have finally finished this hefty book on the history of Hong Kong Frank Welsh wrote such a sublime and extensive book on Hong Kong and her history from the Opium Wars and takes a look at the ing Empire and how Hong Kong eventually came to be as one of the powerhousesfinancial hubs intertwined as a crossover of both the West and the East As a history major I found that this non fiction book definitely cove

  4. says: Summary A History of Hong Kong Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Frank Welsh Frank Welsh ↠ 5 Read

    Pdf/E–book (A History of Hong Kong) The most comprehensive history of the territory Anyone with even the faintest interest in the past of the former colony should read this narrative The style is a little thick at times but with the materials as they are the rhythm rarely drops

  5. says: Summary A History of Hong Kong Pdf/E–book (A History of Hong Kong) Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Frank Welsh

    Pdf/E–book (A History of Hong Kong) DRY Informative and at times fun but lots of detail and coverage of specific English appointees and diplomats Also ends pre handover But it covers everything Lots of stops and starts with this one but finally complete 10 years after moving here

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    Pdf/E–book (A History of Hong Kong) Frank Welsh ↠ 5 Read Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Frank Welsh Historians who can distil hundreds of years of a country's story into something much shorter are to be admired This deeply researched book about the UK's last colony is a testament to this skill

  7. says: Pdf/E–book (A History of Hong Kong) Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Frank Welsh Summary A History of Hong Kong

    Summary A History of Hong Kong Pdf/E–book (A History of Hong Kong) Frank Welsh ↠ 5 Read Not so much a history of Hong Kong but a tireless and exhaustive rambling chronology of the various decrees letter and general faffi

  8. says: Summary A History of Hong Kong Pdf/E–book (A History of Hong Kong)

    Pdf/E–book (A History of Hong Kong) Historical regurgitation tends to leave a bad aftertaste but this one is an exception It's a tad dry in writing nonetheless very moist

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    Pdf/E–book (A History of Hong Kong) This is a very thorough and well written history of Hong Kong If your interested in Hong Kong's story then I would recommend it highly if your not interested well this is probably not for you

  10. says: Frank Welsh ↠ 5 Read Pdf/E–book (A History of Hong Kong)

    Pdf/E–book (A History of Hong Kong) Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Frank Welsh Summary A History of Hong Kong Dull dull dull

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Summary A History of Hong Kong

Read A History of Hong Kong è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free In 1842 a barren island was reluctantly ceded by China to an unenthusiastic Britain Hong Kong grumbled Palmerston will never be a mart of trade But from the outset the new c. Hong Kong s colonial history isn t just worth learning about for those interested in the city Conceptions and misconceptions about colonial Hong Kong continue to directly shape both Hong Kong and China s attitude to the West Moreover British Hong Kong provides an effective backdrop to study broader political uestions such as how democracy develops the relationship between colonizer and colonized and diplomacy between nations Anyone interested in these themes would gain a lot from studying the city s colonial historyI read this book concurrently with the other HK colonial history book people often recommend A Modern History of Hong Kong by Steve Tsang I reviewed both and hope that comparing them can help point readers to where to start if they want to start learning about this city s fascinating and ever so relevant history The major critiue people have of Welsh s A History of Hong Kong is its Anglocentrism which is undeniably present This is unsurprising given that Welsh is himself a Brit and wrote this book as part of a series of histories on Britain s former colonies However when properly contextualized this shouldn t detract from the book s value Not only does Welsh explicitly acknowledge the limitations of his perspective in the introduction ultimately the best we can expect from any historian but I would argue that a careful understanding of British interests is crucial for understanding what unfolded in Hong Kong and China from 1842 1997 The fact that this influential perspective is often ignored or oversimplified in most modern mainstream discussions of Hong Kong s history make it all the valuable While Welsh s lengthy accounts of British political sentiments parliamentary power transfers and the personal histories of every influential Governor parliamentarian or civil service member can at times be monotonous and borderline obsessive a patient reader will be rewarded with a clear understanding of the political and personal factors that guided Britain s rule over HK Especially enlightening are the detailed descriptions of Governors personalities management styles and familiarity with China that help explain the successes and failures of their time in office as well as how different ToryWhigLiberal governments in London had different goals for the city It s a shame that he doesn t extend the same level of detail to recent Hong Kong history as Tsang does including the Sino British Handover negotiations and Patten s last governorship but this limitation is understandable given the book s publication date 1993 and 1997 editions The balancing act between the constantly changing interests of the local expatriate community local Chinese community neighboring Chinese authorities the British government in London and the individual men on the spot running Hong Kong is a recurring theme when describing the colonial government s actions For example we see how British imperial strategy Hongkongers early distrust of Western practices the transient nature of the Chinese community and political necessity to remain financially independent from London created the non interventionist government culture in Hong Kong that remains influential today We also see how democratic institutions and culture arose slowly with limited representation through LegCo ExCo the civil service and the Tung Wah Hospital Board gradually developing as the need for democratic legitimacy grew but careful of the risks democracy could pose to a colonial power especially as Nationalism and Communism swept China The book really stands out for its wide range of primary sources which sets it apart from Steve Tsang s book While this makes the book much lengthier and less efficient at communicating ideas it also makes some of Welsh s less mainstream ideas thought provoking The best example of this is when discussing the Anglo Chinese Wars a term that both Welsh and Tsang prefer to Opium Wars due to their perspective that opium was in fact not a major cause of the conflict While Tsang seems content to relegate the evidence for this to the footnotes Welsh perhaps acknowledging his outsider s perspective supplies almost exhaustively wide ranging uotations from British politicians negotiators merchants corporate balance sheets and influential public figures to demonstrate that opium was not a major concern when the war was started or peace negotiated Opium is found to account for a tiny fraction of the China trade private correspondence between London and negotiators reveals a readiness to support China s opium ban and reasonable efforts to punish smugglers and tea silk and legal protections for expatriate merchants seem to be far greater concerns to Britain than opium I m not a historian so can t speak to the comprehensiveness of Welsh s evidence or the evidence that may exist for the other side but there s no uestion that these primary sources give the reader a significantly nuanced historical perspective than that parroted by the Nationalist and Communist political agendaAlthough Welsh s detailed approach made the book dry at times and difficult to commit to at the start over time I was struck by how compelling Welsh s narrative style eventually became Ultimately some interest in Hong Kong is needed to make it an enjoyable read even though its still an enlightening read for people with broader interests but Welsh s use of primary evidence and vivid descriptions of key characters lives do bring his narrative to life The choice to make the book broadly chronological whereas Tsang s is organized somewhat chronologically but in themed chapters also adds a certain narrative suspense Although Tsang communicates his ideas much efficiently and to the point his book is maybe a third the length of Welsh despite covering an even wider timeframe his book reads like a textbook while Welsh s reads like the precise academic writing of a historian actively at work At the end of the day Welsh is probably better for those who are patient enough for a detailed history prefer copious directly cited primary evidence to summaries and are especially interested in the colonial government

Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Frank WelshA History of Hong Kong

Read A History of Hong Kong è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free As sold to Britain and in 1898 a further area of the mainland the New Territories was leased to Britain for 99 years the arrangement from which the present difficulties spri. Historical regurgitation tends to leave a bad aftertaste but this one is an exception It s a tad dry in writing nonetheless very moist in information content It s truly a book for Asian history aficionada

Frank Welsh ↠ 5 Read

Read A History of Hong Kong è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Olony prospered its early growth owing much to the energy and resourcefulness of opium traders who soon diversified in respectable directions In 1859 the Kowloon Peninsula w. DRY Informative and at times fun but lots of detail and coverage of specific English appointees and diplomats Also ends pre handover But it covers everything Lots of stops and starts with this one but finally complete 10 years after moving here

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  • A History of Hong Kong
  • Frank Welsh
  • English
  • 03 October 2020
  • 9780006388715