內容簡介 中國的崛起與香港回歸而陷落專制的歷史✰講述中國崛起、香港回歸衰落的新歷史手冊！ ✰所有研究貿易、與中國往來的人必讀書選！ 作家Michael Sheridan以獨特的視角，講述了中國的崛起與香港在威權統治下的衰敗，書中引用了30多年的報導、採訪以及來自中國和國外文史館的文獻，從早期的貿易時代到19世紀的鴉片戰爭為起始點，後至全球化時代、香港回歸的時間為止，揭開城市街頭的民主鬥爭，並由中國共產黨最後的勝利為句點。Essential reading for all who study, trade or deal with China.A superb new history of the rise of China and the fall of Hong Kong to authoritarian ruleThe rise of China and the fall of Hong Kong to authoritarian rule are told with unique insight in this new history by Michael Sheridan, drawing on eyewitness reporting over three decades, interviews with key figures and documents from archives in China and the West.The story sweeps the reader from the earliest days of trade through the Opium Wars of the 19th century to the age of globalisation and the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China. It ends with the battle for democracy on the city’s streets and the ultimate victory of the Chinese Communist Party. The voices of Hong Kong people – eloquent, smart and bold – speak out compellingly here.How did it come to this? We learn from private papers that Margaret Thatcher anguished over the fate of Hong Kong, sought secret American briefings on how to handle China and put her trust in an adviser who was torn between duty and pride. The deal they struck did not last.The Chinese version of this history, so often unheard, emerges from memoirs and documents, many of them new to the foreign reader. They show that China’s negotiating tactics confounded its foes time after time.Sheridan’s book tells how Hong Kong was the vital gateway as the People’s Republic reformed its economy and changed the world, emerging to challenge the West with a new order that raised fundamental questions about freedom, identity and progress.It is critical reading for all who study, trade or deal with China.
作者介紹 Michael Sheridan Michael Sheridan read history at Jesus College, Cambridge, and became a foreign correspondent in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He first reported from Hong Kong and China in June 1989 and later served as Far East correspondent for The Sunday Times (London) for twenty years, covering the rise of China, the handover of Hong Kong in 1997 and the city's struggle for democracy. Earlier he worked for Reuters, ITN and The Independent, reporting on war in the Middle East, global diplomacy and European politics, with postings in Rome, Beirut and Jerusalem. His work has also appeared in the Spectator, Tablet, Vanity Fair and the Hong Kong Economic Journal.He is author of a 1994 book Romans: Their Lives and Times.