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Opium Wars

ISBN: 9781402229695

By: Frank SanelloW. Hanes III

Published: 02/01/2004

A devastating story of addiction and war.

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In this tragic and powerful story, the two Opium Wars of 1839–1842 and 1856–1860 between Britain and China are recounted for the first time through the eyes of the Chinese as well as the Imperial West. Opium entered China during the Middle Ages when Arab traders brought it into China for medicinal purposes. As it took hold as a recreational drug, opium wrought havoc on Chinese society. By the early nineteenth century, 90 percent of the Emperor’s court and the majority of the army were opium addicts.

Britain was also a nation addicted—to tea, grown in China, and paid for with profits made from the opium trade. When China tried to ban the use of the drug and bar its Western smugglers from it gates, England decided to fight to keep open China’s ports for its importation. England, the superpower of its time, managed to do so in two wars, resulting in a drug-induced devastation of the Chinese people that would last 150 years.

In this page-turning, dramatic and colorful history, The Opium Wars responds to past, biased Western accounts by representing the neglected Chinese version of the story and showing how the wars stand as one of the monumental clashes between the cultures of East and West.

"A fine popular account."—Publishers Weekly

"Their account of the causes, military campaigns and tragic effects of these wars is absorbing, frequently macabre and deeply unsettling."—Booklist

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Chemical Warfare
Methods and Measures

Chapter -1.Lord Elgin’s Revenge
Chapter -2.Disastrous Etiquette
Chapter -3.Zero Intolerance
Chapter -4.Canton Besieged
Chapter -5.The Black Hole of Canton
Chapter -6.The Battle in Britain
Chapter -7. Drugs and Guns
Chapter -8.Diplomacy by Gunboat
Chapter -9.The Economics of Addiction
Chapter -10.Crucifixion and Cages
Chapter -11.Steamed Victory
Chapter -12.A Price on His Head
Chapter -13.The Sacking of Amoy, Ningbo, and Charles Elliot
Chapter -14.Chinese Masada -
Chapter -15.“Early Victorian Vikings”
Chapter -16.The Trade in Poison and Pigs
Chapter -17.Strange Interlude
Chapter -18.Outrageous Slings and the Arrow’s Misfortune
Chapter -19.Peer Pressure
Chapter -20.Scottish Conquistador
Chapter -21.Hostilities Renewed
Chapter -22.Lord Elgin’s Return
Chapter -23.To the Gates of Peking
Chapter -24.A Hostage Crisis
Chapter -25.“I Am Not a Thief”
Chapter -26.Rescue and Retaliation
Chapter -27.The Diktat of Peking

Epilogue -
Illustrations and Maps
Notes
Short Bibliography
About the Authors
Index

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Format: eBook PDF

Dimensions
Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 0.00 oz
Page Count: 352 pages

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