A study of the first three decades of British rule in Hong Kong, focusing on the troubled and controversial process of establishing a British colony at Hong Kong and on the reception of British rule by people in the region.
'Extraordinarily well-researched, the book contains a great wealth of information. Christopher Munn's book is an important contribution to scholarship; it greatly advances our knowledge of the relations between Chinese and Europeans in the 1840s-1870s. All those interested in the history of Hong Kong should read this splendid work.' - The China Review
'Superb...an impressive achievement.' - China Perspectives