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- DescriptionThe Growth of the City series looks at the history of important world cities, charting their growth and changing fortunes from earliest times through to today. Using contemporary maps, paintings, etchings, woodcuts, and photographs, the series provides a visual appreciation of each city's growth. It also looks at the difficulties so many cities find in the way of prosperity - most often external forces in the form of military invasion or bombardment, but also the devastating natural killers: fire, flood, plague, or earthquake. A small trading port in the 19th century, it was as an entrepot of the British Empire that Hong Kong gained its status. After Japan's defeat in 1945 it became China's window on the west and developed into a leading commercial and financial center.
- Author BiographyIn 1986 Joan Waller was invited to teach as a foreign expert at Wuhu Normal University; after two years teaching English there, she moved to Yunnan University, in Kunming, for two further years before moving to Hong Kong where she worked for the British Council in 1990-93. Throughout her time in China she travelled extensively, and since leaving has gone back frequently. She has written for English language magazines and textbooks in China, and has kept up-to-date with the country's recent development. Her collection of everyday artefacts from China is to form the basis of a wider collection at Birmingham Museum.
- Author(s)Joan Waller
- PublisherCompendium Publishing
- Date of Publication14/08/2008
- SubjectPeople & Places: General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCompendium Publishing
- Content Note120 colour photos and maps
- Width210 mm
- Height148 mm
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