The Opium War

The Opium War

Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China

Book - 2014
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Details the 1839 Opium War and the red tape, incompetence, and political cronyism that surrounded China's first conflict with the West and how these events fueled the foundation for modern Chinese nationalism.
Publisher: New York : The Overlook Press, c2014.
ISBN: 9781468308952
1468308955
Branch Call Number: 951.033 LOV
Characteristics: xxiv, 456 p., [32] p. plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

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Dec 06, 2018

"The fact remains that into the 1850s and beyond, opium sales in China (produced under British monopoly in India) underwrote much of the British empire."
British historian and author Julia Lovell's history of the Opium War, fought between the Qing dynasty of China and the British empire between 1839-1842, sheds light on a shameful chapter in history. England, as was its wont, was meddling in Chinese economic and political affairs and was flooding the country with Indian opium. When the Chinese attempted to curb the imports, war broke out and although China significantly outnumbered the British, the country lacked the unity and firepower of the Brits, resulting in the humiliating Treaty of Nanjing (or Nanking), which led to British control of Hong Kong and the opening of Chinese ports and markets. With detail and depth, Lovell brings the complicated history and large cast of characters to life and shows the costs of imperialism and the roots of Chinese hostility to the West. Also, see the book "The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China."

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