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Department
History
Course
HIS385H1
Professor
Carol Chin
Semester
Winter

Description
Introduction to Hong Kong • Perspectives on Hong Kong history  Chinese government and elites  Chinese commoners  British  Hong Kong • Land  Hong Kong Island  Kowloon Peninsula  New Territories Hong Kong Island 2  81 km Kowloon Peninsula 2  47 km New Territories  748 km2  Outlying islands: 228 km • Location: mouth of Pearl River: Bocca Tigris • Climate  Sub-tropical  Monsoons  Strategic to south China  Strategic to NE/SE Asia  Trade, people, culture • Population: 7 million (2008)  1841: less than 5,000  96% ethnic Chinese • Government:  Chinese county, -1840  British Crown Colony, 1840-1997  Special Administrative Region (SAR) of People’s Republic of China, 1997+ Pre-history to 1841 • Ice Age, 2-3 million years age  Hong Kong: inland area 1  End of Ice Age (15,000 BCE)  Hong Kong
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