The Last Governor
Chris Patten & The Handover Of Hong KongBook - 1998
Using unrivalled access to Chris Patten, Britain's last governor of Hong Kong, Jonathan Dimbleby provides a compelling narrative of a great political and human drama: the final chapter in Britain's colonial history, the five years leading up to the handover of Hong Kong and its five million people to Communist China on July 1, 1997. Since 1992 Dimbleby had privileged access to Patten, and to key diplomats, politicians, and business leaders in Hong Kong, as he developed both this book and a five-part BBC TV series, which was shown on TVOntario. He sets the crisis - with its many consequences for Canada and the rest of the world - against 150 years of Anglo-Chinese relationships since the Opium Wars and the seizure of Hong Kong. He also provides a panoramic portrait of colonial rule and of the shining capitalist "jewel" itself, using the voices of its people - from the richest entrepreneur to the poorest refugee.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 1998, 1997.
Branch Call Number: 951.2505 DIM
Characteristics: xvi, 463 p. : ill.
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