The Gate and the Wall: A History of China and Hong Kong - Michael Sheridan (Hardback) 30-09-2021
The must-read history of how one city's fortunes transformed China and reshaped the global economy during four decades of revolutionary change. In 1977, Hong Kong was a relic of empire, a British colony on borrowed time. It had a casino stock market, risk-loving entrepreneurs and a sense of impermanence. China's economy was backward and its huge army ramshackle; hundreds of millions lived in poverty while their leaders tried to emerge from the twilight of Maoism, fearing the Soviet Union and forging a kind of survival socialism. This original work, with deep insight and revelations, shows how during the fastest economically transformative period in history, China became a superpower. Today, its cities are bursting with energy, its state-owned firms span the globe, its authoritarian political model is gaining ground and a refurbished military have the power to challenge the global order established after World War Two. The Gate and the Wall digs deep to uncover the history of this clash of great powers, the scramble for influence in Asia, feats of espionage and dangerous games that pitted Americans and their allies against a resentful and reviving nation. The book looks to China's problems today and its potential for the future.