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The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China

English · Paperback

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In October 1839, Britain entered the first Opium War with China. Its brutality notwithstanding, the conflict was also threaded with tragicomedy: with Victorian hypocrisy, bureaucratic fumblings, military missteps, political opportunism and collaboration. Yet over the past hundred and seventy years, this strange tale of misunderstanding, incompetence and compromise has become the founding episode of modern Chinese nationalism.

Starting from this first conflict, The Opium War explores how China's national myths mould its interactions with the outside world, how public memory is spun to serve the present, and how delusion and prejudice have bedevilled its relationship with the modern West.

"Lively, erudite and meticulously researched" Literary Review

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Authors Julia Lovell
Publisher Picador Uk
Languages English
Age Recommendation from age 18
Product format Paperback
Released 31.05.2012
EAN 9780330457484
ISBN 978-0-330-45748-4
No. of pages 456
Dimensions 130 mm x 197 mm x 32 mm
Series Picador
Subjects Humanities, art, music > History > 20th century (up to 1945)
Non-fiction book


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