The best books about the Chinese Communist Party and Hong Kong

The Books I Picked & Why

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

By Ezra F. Vogel

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

Why this book?

Deng Xiaoping is the most important person in contemporary Chinese affairs. It was under his time as the paramount leader of China that modernization started in earnest. He judged policy effectiveness on whether it worked or not. His story is engagingly told by historian Ezra Vogel.


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The Communist Party of China and Marxism 1921-1985

By Laszlo Ladany

The Communist Party of China and Marxism 1921-1985

Why this book?

The author, a Jesuit priest from Hungary, spent years in China before moving to Hong Kong. He was the preeminent scholar on China in the 1970s-80s. Ladany poured over what the CCP said about itself to construct a marvellous “self-portrait” of the CCP, including insights about Hong Kong. His scholarship is awesome and there hasn’t been someone quite like him among scholars on China.


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The Dynamics of Chinese Politics

By Lucian Pye

The Dynamics of Chinese Politics

Why this book?

Lucian Pye’s parents were American missionaries in China, and the author was born in northwest China. He was a sought-after China expert in his lifetime. He had a deep understanding of China and its politics, which meant he understood the CCP, and the book includes references to Hong Kong in the days when Hong Kong was a British colony but something was rumbling.


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Hong Kong's Watershed: The 1967 Riots

By Gary Ka-Wai Cheung

Hong Kong's Watershed: The 1967 Riots

Why this book?

The 1967 riots in Hong Kong were inspired by the Cultural Revolution in mainland China. It was a turbulent and violent period both on the mainland and in Hong Kong. British colonial rule was threatened but it survived, and it turned the people of Hong Kong away from the CCP. The story of this fascinating period is told by veteran journalist, Gary Cheung from Hong Kong.


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The Changing Legal Orders in Hong Kong and Mainland China: Essays on "One Country, Two Systems"

By Albert H. Y. Chen

The Changing Legal Orders in Hong Kong and Mainland China: Essays on "One Country, Two Systems"

Why this book?

Hong Kong, as a Special Administrative Region operating a separate system than the one in Mainland China, is a pragmatic innovation of the CCP. The author is from Hong Kong and is a law professor. His scholarship on China’s constitutional history and issues is second to none. This collection of essays reveal how the CCP created a unique entity for post-colonial Hong Kong.


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