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

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

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'A gripping read as well as an important one.' Rana Mitter, Guardian

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

'An important reminder of how the memory of the Opium War continues to cast a dark shadow.' Sunday Times



PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9780330457484
BY (AUTHOR) Lovell, Julia
PUBLISHER : Pan Macmillan PUBLICATION DATE : May 10, 2012
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Picador
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 197 mm x 130 mm
WEIGHT : 399 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
History & Archaeology
DESCRIPTION :

'A gripping read as well as an important one.' Rana Mitter, Guardian

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

'An important reminder of how the memory of the Opium War continues to cast a dark shadow.' Sunday Times



PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9780330457484
BY (AUTHOR) Lovell, Julia
PUBLISHER : Pan Macmillan PUBLICATION DATE : May 10, 2012
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Picador
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 197 mm x 130 mm
WEIGHT : 399 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
History & Archaeology