This thoroughly researched study provides an invaluable account of Hong Kong's political evolution from its founding as a British colony to the present. Exploring the interplay between colonial, capitalist, communist, and democratic forces in shaping Hong Kong's political institutions and culture, Suzanne Pepper offers a fresh perspective on the territory's development and a gripping account of its transition from British to Chinese rule.
Suzanne Pepper is an American writer and long-time Hong Kong resident. She is the author, among other works, of Civil War in China: The Political Struggle, 1945-1949, Second Edition (Rowman & Littlefield). For regular updates on Hong Kong politics see the author's blog at http://chinaelectionsblog.net/hkfocus
Chapter 1: Hong Kong, China, and the West Part I: Colonial Foundations Chapter 2: The Original Inheritance Chapter 3: Crown Colony Rule, 1841-1941 Chapter 4: Chinese "Self-Government" Part II: Autocrats, Communists, and Reformers Chapter 5: New Beginnings, Old Solutions Chapter 6: The Cold War Reaches Hong Kong Chapter 7: Showcase Democracy Chapter 8: A 1960s Rebellion and Its Aftermath Chapter 9: Progress without Political Reform Chapter 10: Political Reform without Independence Chapter 11: A Political Community in the Making Chapter 12: Better Late Than Never? Part III: Under Chinese Rule Chapter 13: Crossing the 1997 Divide Chapter 14: Reaffirmation and Retreat Chapter 15: Conservative Counter-Currents Chapter 16: Checkmate