A History of Hong Kong

A History of Hong Kong In 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 colony prospered its earl

  • Title: A History of Hong Kong
  • Author: Frank Welsh
  • ISBN: 9780006388715
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • 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 colony 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 was sold to BritaiIn 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 colony 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 was 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 spring.

    One thought on “A History of Hong Kong”

    1. 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 opium but about trading rights. His read on the events is interesting, but I do not think that he is fooling anyone.After the founding, the pattern settles down to a list of governors. As a former longtime resident of Hong Kong it is fascinating to see how many governors have street [...]

    2. Not so much a history of Hong Kong but a tireless and exhaustive rambling chronology of the various decrees, letter, and general faffing about of the bloated, drink-soaked old toads who sat in power for 101 years. The only notable section included a dig at the seal of Hong Kong, which was described as though it were "created by an oilman at Wapping." Turns out the artist was actually from Wapping. OHHH, BURNED!!!!

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. Meticulous account of the history of Hong Kong. Perhaps too meticulous? I found myself skipping over some of the more (to me) boring sections, but found much of it fascinating.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *