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作者:Jung Fung Tsai

出版社:Columbia University Press




Hong Kong in Chinese History examines community and social unrest in the British colony and explores how merchants, the intelligentsia, and laborers all played important roles in the colony's and China's social and political movements from the mid-nineteenth century to the first years of the Chinese Republic.

Hong Kong occupies a central role in the history of modern China, having served as the center of a flourishing commercial network in the Pacific Basin that encompassed Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia, and the United States. As a point of intersection for Eastern and Western cultures, Hong Kong has been China's window to the outside world and a source from which Western ideas have filtered in.

Examining a society under alien rule, Tsai shows how the relationships between the Chinese community, colonial authorities, and Cantonese officials were often characterized by both harmony and conflict, cooperation and antagonism. Social unrest took the forms of labor strikes, street riots, boycotts, rowdyism, and other expressions of civil disobedience. Noting the extent to which popular unrest fused with antiforeign sentiments, the author demonstrates how such dissent gradually acquired nationalistic overtones in the late nineteenth century and found full expression in the 1911 revolution.

By exploring the shifting relations between Chinese and foreigners Hong Kong in Chinese History uncovers the complexities of modern Chinese nationalism and illustrates how patriotism can be both a mobilizing and divisive force in history.

Hong Kong in Chinese History : Community and Social Unrest in the British Colony