Published in 1999, this book is designed to provide the reader with a detailed understanding of Hong Kong’s social and political development. It offers a contemporary, holistic understanding of Hong Kong, which will not only complement existing works but also provide the reader with a solid foundation for understanding future developments in the territory. The book is divided into three sections: Identity, Civil Society and Politics. The first two sections provide a discrete understanding of the issues involved. This analysis is then utilised to explain the particular path of political development Hong Kong experienced in the 1980s and 1990s. Due to the in-depth analysis provided this work will be of use either to academics or to members of the general public seeking to understand the development of Hong Kong.
1. Introduction 2. A Modernized History of Hong Kong Part 1: Development of the Hong Kong Nation-State and its Identity 3. The Hong Kong State 4. The Hong Kong Nation 5. The Hong Kong Identity Part 2: The Operating System of Hong Kong: Civil Society 6. Civil Society as an Operating System 7. Regional Case Studies 8. Civil Society in Pre-Transitional HongKong Part 3: Hong Kong Politics 1984-1998 9. Transition - Part I From the Sino British Joint Declaration to Tiananmen (1984-1989) 10. Transition - Part II Tiananmen to the Final Elections (1989-1995) 11. The Transition and Beyond (1995-1998) 12. Synthesis and Conclusion.
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