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Opium Wars Paperback – 1 Apr 2007

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc; Reprint edition (1 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402201494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402201493
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fine popular account. --Publishers Weekly<br /><br />Their account of the causes, military campaigns and tragic effects of these wars is absorbing, frequently macabre and deeply unsettling." --Booklist

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

About the Author

Historian and educator W. Travis Hanes III, Ph.D., is an expert on nineteenth-century Britain and holds a doctorate in British Imperial History from the University of Texas at Austin. He has written two books on the twilight of the British Empire in Africa, Imperial Diplomacy in the Era of Decolonization and the upcoming Imperialism or Expatriate Nationalism?
Frank Sanello is the author of 15 books on films and history. He was the film critic for the Los Angeles Daily News, and his articles have been syndicated worldwide. Both authors live in Los Angeles, California.


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The Opium Wars are, as the book's authors point out, events largely forgotten or ignored by Westerners today. Having grown up in England, I know that no mention of it ever crept into history lessons or any other discussions involving the British Empire. This is a pity, because not only does it reflect badly on (especially) the British and the French for glossing over a shameful part of their history, but it blinds Westerners to one of the main reasons why there is so much anger, mistrust and ambivalence in China towards them today: feelings that are commonly attributed to Chinese barbarity, jealousy or non-acceptance of a superior Western civilisation.
Hanes and Sanello provide a good introduction to the subject for non-historians and those with very little knowledge of the wars in question. In the 19th century, the Chinese were patronising and overbearing in their dealings with European merchants, believing themselves to be the most civilised nation on Earth. They had very little interest in European-made goods, but the Europeans, and especially the British, wanted tea, silk and other commodities that were largely available only in China. When the British found something that the Chinese did want in return, opium, the decision was made to supply the Chinese with the drug, a trade backed by powerful and wealthy merchants who held influence in the highest ranks of British politics.
The result is covered in some detail in this book, in which China's military, weak and outdated after decades of complacency and neglect, were no match for the state-of-the-art British navy (who were later joined by the French) when they tried to enforce the opium trade.
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I am currently reading this book and so far I have to say it fills in where my School history O' level brushed over. It may be a little premature to say that I love the book when I have not completed reading it, but to my mind it gives a very good account of what lead to the Opium wars, the consistent "Public Private Partnership", which is one sided in that public tax money finances, in many cases, private enterprise and once established and the money rolls in it goes straight into privateer hands.

China then, Afghanistan now not to mention that phoney war on drugs in Columbia.
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I found this book a very interesting read; exploring a subject which has largely been ignored elsewhere. It was easy to read apart from the odd unfamiliar word or phrase, and unlike many history books was never boring or overly detailed for the casual reader.

Its a story with no heroes or "winners" and certainly gave me pause for thought. The injustices, greed, ignorance and duplicity perpetrated by all parties involved was truly staggering. As previously mentioned in another review there are some interesting parallels with more recent events, both regarding the evils of war and the dangers inherent in global trade imbalances.

The story was as addictive as it's subject matter.
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A brilliant account of events and very interesting. Not a period of history the British can be very proud of unfortunately but this American author never mentions ships other than the British being involved, which may be a little biased as both the French and the Americans were also involved at times.............
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