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Hong Kong Invaded!

A 'Ninety-Seven Nightmare

Gillian Bickley

Publication Year: 2001

This visionary novel by an anonymous author has been forgotten for a hundred years. Yet when published as The Back Door during the negotiations between Imperial China and Great Britain over the lease of the New Territories, the story aroused serious British fears about the possibility of defending Hong Kong against attack.

Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

Hong Kong Invaded! will rank as one of the leading historical fictions based on the true facts of the feelings of the people of Hong Kong in 1897, in fantastic contrast to the mood prevailing during the period 1938 to the outbreak of the Pacific War in December 1941. Everyone who has lived here should read this.This gripping narrative of the attack on the Territory has...

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A New Kind of Fiction

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pp. ix-x

The convincing projection of a successful Franco-Russian assault on Hong Kong in The Back Door belongs to a new pattern of purposive, supercharged fiction - tales for the taxpayers - that sought to warn nations of the disasters-to-come. Their point of origin was an anonymous short story, The Battle of Dorking, which first appeared in the May 1871 issue of Blackwood's Magazine. The author was ...


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pp. xi-xiv


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pp. xv-xxiii

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pp. 1-26

In 1726, Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver's Travels, a linked series of narratives in which the hero Gulliver finds himself in strange countries among people strangely different (bigger, smaller, more obsessive) and finally in a country where horses rule and degraded humans serve. The first readers saw in this what modern readers understand only with the help of explanatory notes, a ...

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The Back Door

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pp. 27-91

...accurately voices the uneasiness felt by all thinking men, naval, military and civilians alike, for the safety of this our farthest southern shores of the island, and the unsatisfactory nature of high relief. Incidentally the absence of regularly-trained official Recent events in China108 indicate that the old order is changing. ...


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pp. 92-184


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pp. 185-256


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pp. 257-258


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pp. 259-270


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pp. 271-303

E-ISBN-13: 9789882201613
Print-ISBN-13: 9789622095267

Page Count: 328
Publication Year: 2001