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Peter Hamilton

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin, B.A, Yale College

Peter Hamilton


A native of the Kansas City area, Peter Hamilton graduated from Yale with Distinction in History in May 2007. Having studied in Beijing and Shanghai, he then spent two years teaching writing, British literature, and US history as a Yale-China Fellow at The Chinese University of Hong Kong before coming to UT.

Entitled "The World's Anchors: The Americans of Hong Kong," his doctoral dissertation reinterprets US-sponsored globalization in Cold War Hong Kong. The project dissects US imperial influence as it interlocked with the emergence of contemporary Hong Kong’s higher education and capitalist business systems. In so doing, this research recovers critical roles played by the Anglo-Cantonese territory's increasingly US-oriented, -educated, and -naturalized Chinese elites as well as native-born overseas US citizens in developing these key institutions from the 1950s through the early 1990s.

HIS S315L • The United States Since 1865

85140 • Summer 2014
Meets MTWTHF 100pm-230pm GEA 105
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In this course, students will be immersed in a survey of the highlights of modern US history from Reconstruction through 2000. Through readings, lectures, discussion of primary sources, films, music, and the visual arts, students will think critically about modern American identity and interpret competing visions of its past. In learning to think as historians, students are expected to question prior assumptions, to weigh primary sources and dueling texts, and actively engage with instructors and fellow students. Major themes include democracy and capitalism, empire and race, culture and identity.


Paul Johnson, A History of the American People (HarperPerennial, 1998).

Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States, 1492-Present (HarperPerennial, 1999).


Attendance 20%

Weekly Reading Quizzes 20%

Exam 1     15%

Exam 2    15%

Final Exam    30%

HIS 364G • Global Hong Kong

40115 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm GAR 1.126
(also listed as AAS 325, ANS 361 )
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This course examines the history of Hong Kong from a global perspective, stretching from the First Opium War (1839-42) to the present day. Through lectures, discussions, films, and readings, we will foreground Hong Kong’s place on the world stage—as a trading entrepôt, a migration hub, a political sanctuary, and an economic powerhouse. We will study the evolution of the British colonial regime, the lives of diverse Hong Kong residents, and the trades and industries that have sustained the territory. We will pay keen attention to the world migrations, economic developments, and catastrophes in which Hong Kong has played an important role, such as the opium trade, the Chinese diaspora, China’s political upheavals, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and mainland China’s post-1978 economic reform and takeoff. Finally, as the historic embarkation point and logistical nexus for Chinese migrants to the United States, Hong Kong holds a special significance for Asian American studies. Throughout the course, special attention will be paid to Hong Kong’s links with the United States.



1. Eric Jay Dolin, When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail(New York: Liveright, W. W. Norton, 2012).

2. Elizabeth Sinn, Pacific Crossing: California Gold, Chinese Migration, and the Making of Hong Kong (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2013).

3. Leo Ou-fan Lee, City Between Worlds: My Hong Kong (Cambridge, Mass. and London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008).

4. Martin Booth, Golden Boy: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood (US Edition)/ Gweilo: A Memoir of a Hong Kong Childhood (UK Edition)  

Grade Distribution:   

Map Quiz    10%

Pop Quizzes    10%

Reading Responses   15%

Book Review   20%

Final Essay   35%

Attendance/Participation    10%

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