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Hong Kong and the Cold War: Anglo-American Relations 1949-1957

Chi-kwan Mark


After 1949, the British Empire in Hong Kong was more vulnerable than the lack of Chinese demand for return and the success of Hong Kong's economic transformations might have suggested. Its vulnerability stemmed as much from Britain's imperial decline and America's Cold War requirements as from a Chinese threat. It culminated in the little known ‘1957 Question’, a year when the British position in Hong Kong appeared more uncertain than any time since 1949. This is the first scholarly study that places Hong Kong at the heart of the Anglo–American relationship in the wider context of the Cold War ... More

Keywords: British Empire, imperial decline, Cold War, Chinese threat, 1957 Question, Anglo–American relationship, Hong Kong, containment of China, global conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273706
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273706.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chi-kwan Mark, author
George Cedric Metcalf Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, The University of Western Ontario
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