Brought to Account

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street has been waiting for a biographer who could do justice to the richness of her story. Scholarly volumes by Sir John Clapham and R S Sayers, covering her first 250 years, gather dust on library shelves. Forrest Capie’s chronicle of the postwar era, published in 2010, was long on […]

King of Kowloon

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Arguably the two most successful former British colonies are Singapore and Hong Kong. Not only are they strong and prosperous in their own right, they also showed Deng Xiaoping how the Chinese might transform their own economic fortunes if they embraced capitalism as well. Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, advertised his […]

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