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I am looking for a book on the history of Hong Kong, but I am unsure on whether there are any main references out there. I would like a book that is rigorous yet makes for an enjoyable read. I would like the book to cover the return of the city to Chinese sovereignty so it should be a relatively recent book.
Browsing through the internet, I have found a couple of books that seem close to what I am looking for:
- A History of Hong Kong, by Frank Welsh;
- East and West, by Chris Patten (last British governor of Hong Kong).
I would like to know if these books (or any other for that matter) are considered "canonical" in this subject.