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The Opium War, 1840-1842: Barbarians in the Celestial Empire in the Early Part of the Nineteenth Century and the War by Which They Forced Her Gates A

Fay, Peter Ward

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ISBN 10: 0807812439 / ISBN 13: 9780807812433
Edité par Univ of North Carolina Pr, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A., 1975
Etat : Near Fine Couverture rigide
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406pp. End-paper maps. Spine lightly faded. Text clean. N° de réf. du libraire 010705

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Titre : The Opium War, 1840-1842: Barbarians in the ...

Éditeur : Univ of North Carolina Pr, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Date d'édition : 1975

Reliure : Cloth

Etat du livre :Near Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Very Good+

Edition : 1st Edition

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This book tells the fascinating story of the war between England and China that delivered Hong Kong to the English, forced the imperial Chinese government to add four ports to Canton as places in which foreigners could live and trade, and rendered irreversible the process that for almost a century thereafter distinguished western relations with this quarter of the globe-- the process that is loosely termed the "opening of China."
Originally published by UNC Press in 1975, Peter Ward Fay's study was the first to treat extensively the opium trade from the point of production in India to the point of consumption in China and the first to give both Protestant and Catholic missionaries their due; it remains the most comprehensive account of the first Opium War through western eyes. In a new preface, Fay reflects on the relationship between the events described in the book and Hong Kong's more recent history.

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Until the 1830s, China was scarcely known to the outside world. When Europeans began to arrive in number in that decade, demanding of the Ching dynasty's rulers access to raw materials and to China's huge domestic markets alike, the Chinese resisted, but, in the end, unsuccessfully. England in particular sought a market for the opium, a crown monopoly produced in India, and it waged a brief war to press its claim--a war that won it that market, the ownership of Hong Kong, and entry into cities like Shanghai and Guangdong. The war also contributed to the eventual collapse of Ching rule. Really a footnote in history, the Opium War, then, had major consequences that color Sino-Western relations even today. Peter Ward Fay tells the story in this well-written, vigorous narrative. --Gregory McNamee

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