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Author: Mark Hampton

This book examines the place of Hong Kong in the British imagination between the end of World War II and the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in July 1997. It argues that Hong Kong has received far less attention from British imperial and cultural historians than its importance would warrant. It argues that Hong Kong was a site within which competing yet complementary visions of Britishness could be imagined—for example, the British penchant for trade and good government, and their role as agents of modernization. At the centre of these articulations of Britishness was the idea of Hong Kong as a “barren rock” that British administration had transformed into one of the world’s great cities—and the danger of its destruction by the impending “handover” to communist China in 1997.

The book moves freely between the activities of Britons in Hong Kong and portrayals of Hong Kong within domestic British discourse. It uses such printed primary sources as newspapers, memoirs, novels, political pamphlets, and academic texts, and archival material located in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, the United States, and Australia, including government documents, regimental collections, and personal papers.

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The cultural construction of the British world
Barry Crosbie and Mark Hampton

British ‘unbridled capitalism’ could flourish even as Britain itself developed a welfare state ‘consensus’. Drawing on political pamphlets, novels, memoirs, journalistic accounts, politicians’ speeches and trade organisations’ papers, it argues that Hong Kong was widely seen by expatriates as a place in which British values survived after having been quashed in a ‘declining’ Britain. At the same

in The cultural construction of the British world
The Pennants’ Jamaican plantations and industrialisation in North Wales, 1771–1812
Trevor Burnard

, Sugar and Slavery: An Economic History of the British West Indies, 1623–1775 (Bridgetown, 1974), pp. 496–7. For general issues of measurement, see John J. McCusker, ‘Weights and measures in the colonial sugar trade: the gallon and the pound and their international equivalents’, William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., 30 (1973), 599–624, and S. D. Smith, Slavery, Family and Gentry Capitalism in the British Atlantic: The World of the Lascelles, 1648–1834 (Cambridge, 2006), p. 249

in Wales and the British overseas empire
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Disease, medicine and empire
David Arnold

high levels of epidemic mortality were seen as a mark of poor colonial management. King Leopold’s requests in 1903 and 1906 for international assistance in combating sleeping sickness in the Congo were partly an attempt to improve the highly unfavourable reputation his regime had already acquired. 64 Capitalism’s internal contradiction between the pursuit of labour efficiency (and thus of workers

in Imperial medicine and indigenous societies

This book collects eleven original essays in the cultural history of the British Empire since the eighteenth century. It is geographically capacious, taking in the United Kingdom, India, West Africa, Hong Kong, and Australia, as well as sites of informal British influence such as the Ottoman Empire and southern China.

The book considers the ways in which British culture circulated within what John Darwin has called the British “world system”. In this, the book builds on existing imperial scholarship while innovating in several ways: it focuses on the movement of ideas and cultural praxis, whereas Darwin has focused mostly on imperial structures —financial, demographic, and military. The book examines the transmission, reception, and adaptation of British culture in the Metropole, the empire and informal colonial spaces, whereas many recent scholars have considered British imperial influence on the Metropole alone. It examines Britain's Atlantic and Asian imperial experiences from the eighteenth to the twentieth century together.

Through focusing on political ideology, literary movements, material culture, marriage, and the construction of national identities, the essays demonstrate the salience of culture in making a “British World”.

The discourse of unbridled capitalism in post-war Hong Kong
Mark Hampton

exclusively) celebratory post-war discourse concerning Hong Kong’s unbridled capitalism was part of a broader cultural connection between empire and metropole. During an era primarily associated with decolonisation and Britain’s retreat from world power, including a renunciation of a role ‘east of Suez’ following the late 1960s, Hong Kong remained not merely an anachronistic Crown possession but the locus of

in The cultural construction of the British world
Some insights into a provincial British commercial network
Anthony Webster

capitalism’ thesis put forward by Peter Cain and Antony Hopkins. Liverpool and the Asian trade: beginnings and development The period 1793 to 1815 was both a difficult and a formative one in the development of Liverpool’s commerce and politics. Besides the directly disruptive consequences of the war with France on the city’s trade, there was the problem of

in The empire in one city?
Mark Hampton

If British commentators imagined Hong Kong as the site of an unbridled capitalism contrasting with the dreary Welfare State of post-1945 Britain, that did not mean that Hong Kong was purely a place of work. Alongside the glorification of the entrepreneurial hero went the British man at play. This meant reproducing British cultural practices such as club and sport, and it

in Hong Kong and British culture, 1945–97
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Nicola Ginsburgh

Underpinned by the idiosyncratic development of racial capitalism in the territory, Rhodesia established a reputation quite distinct from the aristocratic excesses associated with the white highlands of Kenya or the poor whiteism and Afrikaner nationalism that characterised white South Africa. The Rhodesian state attempted to cultivate an image of the settler colony as the British imperial destination for the aspirant and respectable working man and adventurous, yet subservient and family-orientated woman. During settler rule the image of hardy European farmers

in Class, work and whiteness
Dennis Butts

Lucien Goldmann has called ‘reification’. He argues that the later periods of western capitalism, especially the imperialist period between 1912 and 1945, can be identified by the gradual disappearance of the individual and by the appearance of a world increasingly dominated by objects with their own autonomy. 15 It is certainly true that the new technology of aeronautics plays a

in Imperialism and juvenile literature