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1839. Trade is the stalwart of the British Empire. China threatens Britain's Opium trade. Britain and China go to war.

When Britain sent troops to compel the Chinese to accept imports of opium, they opened what is argued to be one of the most disgraceful chapters in the history of the Empire.

How did the situation arise? How did opium exports become so crucial to the British economy? How did the British come to be as addicted to opium revenue as the Chinese were to the drug itself?

Brian Inglis gives the answers to these and other questions in this meticulously researched study of The Opium War. Shocking, shaming, but fascinating throughout.

©1976 Brian Inglis (P)2021 Tantor

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Worthwhile and insightful. Bizarre part of history. Far more in-depth than Wikipedia, so if you enjoy history in detail, particularly Victorian history, than this is worth it. Nigel Patterson's narration drew me to thus book based on his previous efforts, and he didn't disappoint again.

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  • 28-04-2021

A great little work on the opium war.

This book presents a good insight into the underlying causes of the opium war and the motivations of the principle British protagonists.

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  • Jeff Shreve
  • 06-04-2021

booooooorrrrrriiiiing

not sure how but the writer managed to make this very interesting topic boring. I gave up after a few hours and the revelation I was not paying attention at all anymore... the narrator mentioned lord whaling, a character featured in the first third of the book.... I realized I didn't know who that was because in had snored off too many times

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