Opium Wars Paperback – 1 Apr 2007
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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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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The result is covered in some detail in this book, in which China's military, weak and outdated after decades of complacency and neglect, were no match for the state-of-the-art British navy (who were later joined by the French) when they tried to enforce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.Read more ›
China then, Afghanistan now not to mention that phoney war on drugs in Columbia.
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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An interesting read - NOT one of Britain's proudest moments, shows us up to be hypocritical racists. Relevant to anyone interested in history or the current war on drugs. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dickens
The Opium War is very readable and offers an excellent introduction to that period of Sino-European relations that the West (the United Kingdom in particular) would probably prefer... Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2010 by Damob
A very readable history book and I strongly recommend this if you wish to understand more fully the mindset of nations with superior fire power. Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2009 by Derek Robinson
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