The Opium Wars. The addiction of one empire and the corruption of another. W. TRAVIS AND FRANK SANELLO HANES III.

The Opium Wars. The addiction of one empire and the corruption of another.

London. Robson. 2003. Stock ID #163634

Maps, black and white line and photographic illustrations, xii + 334pp, notes, bibliography, index, upper section of dustjacket a little marked otherwise very good. "The story of the Opium Wars provides an astonishing look at the power of addiction and the tragedy that can result when cultures collide. In the nineteenth century, Chinese society was crippled by a vast addiction to opium, which was largely supplied by British traders. For years, the British and Chinese governments had clashed over Britain's right to trade in China and to be treated by the Chinese officials as equals. So when China tried to close its ports to opium, the British fought back, starting two of the most bizarre wars in history." Publisher's description. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 163634).

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