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  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (17 Aug. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1478315997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478315995
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,982,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Cats' Mother on 21 Sept. 2014
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Interesting - but only if you know something about the Opium Wars already..... It's relatively uncommon to find nearly contemporaneous accounts from the Chinese viewpoint of events so significant as the Opium Wars, and this book is helpful in putting forward the deep sense of resentment held by the Chinese as a result of the British actions in infecting China with the curse of opium in the 1830s/1840s. It details well the actions taken by Commissioner Lin to try and hold back the British, without initially a full scale war (which Lin knew the Chinese couldn't win) and also, to some extent, the bewilderment of the Chinese who found it hard to understand why the British didn't play by the same rules as the Chinese did. A short book, but a very useful adjunct to gung-ho British accounts of this shameful period.
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Chinese Account of the Opium Wars 18 April 2012
By Mark Ritz - Published on Amazon.com
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Total and complete RIP-OFF!!!! Actually the final TWO chapters of the original manuscript! Now---I ask you: Why? Would I want to read.....the END of the book? Ludicrous and larcenous!
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Small part 10 Feb. 2013
By Jetpack - Published on Amazon.com
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Please keep this in mind, that this is 2 chapters of the original work. It's 766 locations in length, so not that long.

That being said, it's an interesting read of the Chinese view of the Opium war. However, I'm not a fan of the translator having changed the text to "omit wearisome portions".

I picked this up when it was free.
Real History 4 Sept. 2014
By John Hart Bandas - Published on Amazon.com
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Real history....An authentic view of one official's insights..........
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WHAT IS WRONG with you? 16 Jun. 2012
By Robert - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is so good! It is very delighting and hard to put down. Worth the money; there were a couple of problems with this so it was lowered but ONLY went to 4.7star. Quite interesing.
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