Hong Kong and British culture, 1945-97

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Abstract

This book examines the British cultural engagement with Hong Kong in the second half of the twentieth century. It shows how the territory fit unusually within Britain's decolonisation narratives and served as an occasional foil for examining Britain's own culture during a period of perceived stagnation and decline. Drawing on a wide range of archival and published primary sources, Hong Kong and British culture, 1945-97 investigates such themes as Hong Kong as a site of unrestrained capitalism, modernisation, and good government, as well as an arena of male social and sexual opportunity. It also examines the ways in which Hong Kong Chinese embraced British culture, and the competing predictions that British observers made concerning the colony's return to Chinese sovereignty. An epilogue considers the enduring legacy of British colonialism. This book will be essential reading for historians of Hong Kong, British decolonisation, and Britain's culture of declinism.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages248
ISBN (Electronic)9781784996925
ISBN (Print)9780719099236
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in Imperialism
PublisherManchester University Press

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Hong Kong
British Culture
Decolonization
Observer
British Colonialism
Colonies
Sexual
Modernization
Hong Kong Chinese
Epilogue
Declinism
Primary Source
Government
Sovereignty
Prediction
Historian
Capitalism

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HAMPTON, M. (2016). Hong Kong and British culture, 1945-97. (Studies in Imperialism). Manchester: Manchester University Press.
HAMPTON, Mark. / Hong Kong and British culture, 1945-97. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2016. 248 p. (Studies in Imperialism).
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