The Final Years of British Hong Kong

The Discourse of Colonial Withdrawal

  • John Flowerdew

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 222-258

About this book


This book critically reviews the British experience in Hong Kong with special emphasis on the tenure of the last governor, Chris Patten, and the discourse he used in guiding the transfer of sovereignty to China. While the People's Republic of China proclaimed the recovery of Hong Kong to be just retribution for a century and a half of national shame under British rule, Patten, as the spokesperson for the British, was concerned that Britain's exit from its last significant colony should be an honourable one.


British rule China Political Reform

Authors and affiliations

  • John Flowerdew
    • 1
  1. 1.English DepartmentCity University of Hong KongHong Kong

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