China, Hong Kong, and the Long 1970s: Global Perspectives

  • Priscilla Roberts
  • Odd Arne Westad

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Priscilla Roberts
    Pages 1-30
  3. Shu Guang Zhang
    Pages 159-180
  4. Nicholas Thomas
    Pages 205-231
  5. Odd Arne Westad
    Pages 327-332
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 333-348

About this book


This book explores the forces that impelled China, the world’s largest socialist state, to make massive changes in its domestic and international stance during the long 1970s. Fourteen distinguished scholars investigate the special, perhaps crucial part that the territory of Hong Kong played in encouraging and midwifing China’s relationship with the non-Communist world.  The Long 1970s were the years when China moved dramatically and decisively toward much closer relations with the non-Communist world.  In the late 1970s, China also embarked on major economic reforms, designed to win it great power status by the early twenty-first centuries.  The volume addresses the long-term implications of China’s choices for the outcome of the Cold War and in steering the global international outlook toward free-market capitalism.  Decisions made in the 1970s are key to understanding the nature and policies of the Chinese state today and the worldview of current Chinese leaders.  


China Hong Kong 1970s Global History Asian History

Editors and affiliations

  • Priscilla Roberts
    • 1
  • Odd Arne Westad
    • 2
  1. 1.City University of MacauTaipaMacao
  2. 2.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-51249-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-51250-1
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