Books Published by Faculty Members

David St Maur Sheil, Chi-man Kwong, and Tony Banham (eds)., More than 1001 Days and Nights of Hong Kong Internment: A Personal Narrative. Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Studies Series.

(Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2022).

ISBN 9789888754120

 

More Than 1001 Days and Nights of Hong Kong Internment is the wartime journal of Sir Chaloner Grenville Alabaster, former attorney-general of Hong Kong and one of the three highest-ranking British officials during the Japanese occupation. He was imprisoned by the Japanese at the Stanley Internment Camp from 1941 to 1945. During his internment, he managed to keep a diary of his life in the camp in small notebooks and hid them until his release in 1945. He then wrote his wartime journal on the basis of these notes. The journal records his day-to-day experiences of the fall of Hong Kong, his time at Stanley, and his eventual release. Some of the most fascinating extracts cover the three months immediately after the fall of Hong Kong and when Alabaster and his colleagues were imprisoned in Prince’s Building in Central and before they were sent to the camp, a period little covered in previous publications. Hence, the book is an important primary source for understanding the daily operation of the Stanley Internment Camp and the camp’s environment. Readers will also learn more about the daily life of those imprisoned in the camp, and C. G. Alabaster’s interaction with other prisoners there.

Kwong Chi-man, Hongkongers in the British Armed Forces, 1860-1997

(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022).

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780192845740.001.0001

ISBN 9780192845740

 

Hong Kong has been caught between empires ever since the First Opium War (1839-1842). As a result, the study of Hong Kong history has been subjected to the influence of the empires that controlled or laid claims over it. The historical experience of the Hongkongers during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is unique, with Hong Kong as a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society, an international trading hub, and a geopolitically crucial British colony until 1997. In recent decades, historians produced works on different aspects of the Hong Kong history, but one particular group has remained obscure: the more than 30,000 Hong Kong men and women who served in the British armed forces from the Opium Wars to the end of the British rule.

This is the first systematic study of the experience of the Hong Kong servicemen in the British armed forces during the colonial period. It puts the Hong Kong servicemen in the contexts of Hong Kong history, the history of overseas Chinese, the history of the British Empire, and the military history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It details the agency of Hongkongers, who were often portrayed as victims or beneficiaries during the two world wars and the Cold War, and highlights the relevance of Hong Kong in the modern history of East Asia. The author also looks at how the intertwined issues of class and race played out among these servicemen, who came from a variety of ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds. The study reveals the complexity of the colonial Hong Kong society by illustrating the interplay between the colonizers and the colonized of different classes and ethnicities, and informs the ongoing discussion about colonial Hong Kong by providing concrete examples of the collaboration between ethnic groups.

鄺智文編撰:《南區二次大戰軍事遺跡》

香港:香港史學會,2021年。

ISBN: 978-988-14545-8-4

Man-kong Wong and Kwong Chi-man (eds)., Hong Kong History: Themes in Global Perspective. Hong Kong Studies Reader Series

(New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-2806-1

ISBN 9789811628054

 

This book aims at providing an accessible introduction to and summary of the major themes of Hong Kong history that has been studied in the past decades. Each chapter also suggests a number of key historical figures and works that are essential for the understanding of a particular theme. However, the book is by no means merely a general survey of the recent studies of Hong Kong history; it tries to suggest that the best way to approach Hong Kong history is to put it firmly in its international context.

香港浸會大學歷史系(陳欣瑜主編):《習史成才獅山前:香港浸會大學歷史系校友訪談錄》

香港:浸會大學歷史系,2021年。403頁 + vi。ISBN: 9789887832683

本書之出版,既為2021年歷史系成立四十三周年誌慶,同時亦為祝賀歷史系校友會於今秋正式成立。歷史系桃李逾三千六百人(包括在史地系年代主修歷史的校友),昔日在獅子山前辛勤讀史的學子,畢業後一直在社會上默默耕耘,努力追求突破。許多校友的成就是有目共睹的,他們無論在中外學術界、文化產業界、教育界或工商百業也大放異彩,其中不少更是業內領軍人物、傑出代表,或後起之秀。本書結集四十三名校友之訪談紀錄,以賀歷史系四十三歲生辰。書中涵蓋的校友畢業於六十至一零年代,他們在受訪過程中暢談畢業後的道路及人生經驗,也回憶昔日求學時期難忘的點滴,當中有飽經歷練的分享,有閃耀智慧的啟發,更有不少洋溢關愛、觸動人心的剖白,值得讀者細細玩味。

周佳榮著:《大化革新前後的日本》

香港:商務印書館,2021年。

化革新是日本上大事與近代的明治維新互相輝映本書記本古代的政治與社會律令制度家政權和幕藩,以及大化革新後的文化進程重點介了文名著醫藥學和浮繪等讀者藉著本書可日本近代前的歷史,還有助於日本文化的深層結構。

周佳榮著:《簡明香港古代史》

香港:三聯書店,2021年。

本書以文化互動及社會變遷為主要線索,闡述古代香港的發展。作者先分遠古、秦漢、魏晉南北朝、隋唐五代、宋元、明清六個時段簡述香港數千年來一脈相承的歷史進程;再以香港歷代行政沿革、居民和社會經濟、近代以前的宗教和教育等不同專題探討歷史上的香港社會,指出有數千年悠久傳統的中國文化,是香港成長的根源和基礎,而且從未中斷

郭錦洲:《宋明間徽州社會和祭祀禮儀》

合肥:安徽大學出版社,2020年。

大多數華人認為祠堂祭祖一直是普遍的民間傳統,儘管他們未必有機會親身前往,但都相信自己家鄉有一所祠堂。《宋明間徽州社會和祭祀禮儀》嘗試指出,祠堂祭祖並非自然而然的傳統,而是經過特定的時空因素才會出現,故需要置在一個長時期地方史內探討。本書以徽州(今黃山市)為個案,透過歷史人類學配合文獻和田野訪問的方法,探討當地社會由宋朝至明朝如何由「神明社會」轉變為「宗族社會」,令祠堂祭祖也同時變得重要和普及。

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