Autonomy and the Threat to Sovereignty

Gavin Ure

in Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083947
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9789882208667 | DOI:
Autonomy and the Threat to Sovereignty

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This chapter argues that autonomy increases when the exercise of sovereignty over the subordinate organisation is threatened. This is studied against the backdrop of Britain’s loss of Hong Kong to the force of Japanese arms and pressure from the United States and Chinese governments for its return to China after Japan’s defeat. The chapter also shows how, under such circumstances, the desire to ensure the recovery of sovereignty was greater than the British government’s ability to exercise it.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Governors; Colonial Office; UK; Policy-making; Sovereignty; World War II; Japan; United States

Chapter.  8210 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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