By Steve Tsang
From a little-known fishing group on the outer edge of China, Hong Kong built into one of many world's such a lot brilliant and cosmopolitan towns after a century and a half British imperial rule. The historical past of Hong Kong, from its profession via the British in 1841 to its go back to chinese language sovereignty in 1997, is an interesting tale of East assembly West. This ebook addresses the altering kin among the neighborhood chinese language and expatriate groups in 156 years of British rule, and the emergence of an area identification. It explains the significance of China as an element in its improvement and the origins of the so-called "1997 problems," hence studying the underlying purposes for the increase of a liberal society dedicated to the rule of thumb of legislation with out democracy.
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When the law officers in the British government were consulted after hostilities started in 1857, they took the view that Britain was not legally entitled to do so. 9 However, the uncertain legality did not prevent Britain from continuing its policy to revise the terms of or replace the Treaty of Nanking with French and American backing. After the Crimean War ended in 1856 and British resources and attention were no longer absorbed by it, senior British officials in the China region favoured a forward policy.
Hong Kong did not make any significant progress in this direction during the first century of British rule, mainly because the question of representation proved intractable. The basic problem was rooted in Hong Kong’s position as an imperial outpost at the edge of the Chinese Empire and the reality that it was populated overwhelmingly by hardworking and enterprising Chinese, who already constituted over 80 per cent of ratepayers as early as the mid-1850s, a decade after it became a British colony.
The state of economic and diplomatic affairs between the two empires left much to be desired from the British viewpoint, since their real objectives essentially remained unfulfilled. 2 Another war was consequently fought between 1856 and 1860, which put trade and diplomatic relations between the two empires on a stable and sustainable basis. As had been the case in the original seizure of Hong Kong, this new war resulted in new territorial acquisition for the British. Hong Kong was expanded in 1860 to include a small area of the peninsula of Kowloon on the north shore of its harbour.
A Modern History of Hong Kong by Steve Tsang