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Hong Kong as a Global Metropolis

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026901

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  • David Meyer traces Hong Kong's vibrant history from the arrival of the foreign trading firms in the 1840s to its celebrated handover to China in 1997. Throughout this period, Hong Kong has been a pivotal meeting place of the Chinese and foreign social networks of capital. The author offers an optimistic view of Hong Kong in the twenty-first century, challenging those who predict its decline under Chinese rule. The story of Hong Kong's success will interest anyone concerned with its past, present and future.

    • Looks at the history of Hong Kong as a global and financial metropolis in the context of its geographical setting in Asia
    • Demonstrates how Hong Kong has maintained its lead as the business centre of Asian world since 1840s
    • Well-written, broad ranging and optimistic consideration of Hong Kong's future in the twenty-first century
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "his work provides a useful and focused description of the international commercial history of Hong Kong." The International History Review

    "Meyer outlines the processes by which intermediaries group or compete and shows how, as intermediaries become more specialized, they facilitate the exchange of high-level information...Meyer account, detailed but always readable, not only shows how Hong Kong developed into one of the leading Asian business centres but also explains why palces such as Canton and Shanghai failed to make the grade. Hence the breadth of this book is much wider than the title would suggest, as it provides a useful account of the ways that China's internal and external trading relationship developed and operated." THE CHINA JOURNAL

    "A welcome addition to the literature on Chinese social networks as the relate to the growth of the economies of China and Southeast Asia." China Review International

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026901
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 4 maps 24 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of maps
    List of tables
    1. Enigma
    2. Intermediaries of capital
    3. From Canton to Hong Kong
    4. Hub of the China trade
    5. Chinese and foreign social networks of capital
    6. Trade and finance center for Asia
    7. Industrial metropolis
    8. Global metropolis for Asia
    9. Hong Kong, China

  • Author

    David R. Meyer, Brown University, Rhode Island

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