Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

5-1994

Abstract

Attempts to examine Hong Kong as an issue in British postwar colonialpolicy often emphasize the unique nature of the colony, andtherefore a special case in British decolonization. Hong Kong hasbeen regarded as an unconventional colonial entity, an anachronismin the modern world. But others argue that the word colony is not anappropriate term to describe it, except in the most severely technicallegal sense, because of its spectacular industrial and economicdevelopment since the end of the Second World War.' Nonetheless,Hong Kong has existed as a British crown colony since I842, and itscolonial political structures have remained more or less the same untilthe early ig8os. Hong Kong's special relations with China is animportant factor making it an oddity in post-war British decolonization.Instead of becoming independent like most other British colonialterritories, Hong Kong's political future is linked to China. Thissituation of 'decolonization without independence' has been animportant theme of academic analysis on the colony's politicaldevelopment.

Discipline

Asian History | Asian Studies

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Modern Asian Studies

Volume

28

Issue

2

First Page

317

Last Page

337

ISSN

0026-749X

Identifier

10.1017/S0026749X00012427

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X00012427

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