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By Song-Chuan Chen

retailers of struggle and Peace demanding situations traditional arguments that the key using forces of the 1st Opium battle have been the notorious opium smuggling alternate, the defence of British nationwide honour, and cultural conflicts among ‘progressive’ Britain and ‘backward’ China. as a substitute, it argues that the battle used to be begun via a bunch of British retailers within the chinese language port of Canton within the 1830s, referred to as the ‘Warlike party’. residing in a interval whilst British wisdom of China used to be growing to be speedily, the Warlike occasion got here to appreciate China’s weak spot and its individuals again to London to foyer for intervention until eventually battle broke out in 1839.

However, the Warlike social gathering didn't get its manner totally. one other workforce of British retailers identified in Canton because the ‘Pacific celebration’ adverse the warfare. In Britain, the anti-war circulate gave the clash its notorious identify, the ‘Opium War’, which has caught ever seeing that. utilizing fabrics housed within the nationwide files, united kingdom, the 1st ancient information of China, the nationwide Palace Museum, the British Library, SOAS Library, and Cambridge collage Library, this meticulously researched and lucid quantity is a brand new background of the reason for the 1st Opium War.

Song-Chuan Chen (PhD, Cambridge) is an assistant professor at Nanyang Technological collage Singapore. He makes a speciality of smooth chinese language background; his examine makes a speciality of the background of Sino-Western interactions and the historical past of the chinese language reduce classes.

‘This is an exceptional piece of unique learn, breaking new flooring in our knowing of Anglo-Chinese family members. Its meticulous research of “British wisdom of China within the Making of the Opium battle” is principally significant—often it was once notion and never a lot truth that can have ended in war!’
—John Y. Wong, emeritus professor, college of Sydney; writer of lethal desires: Opium and the Arrow struggle (1856–1860) in China

‘War is usually not only the conflict of fingers, however the clash of alternative methods of understanding and seeing. Song-Chuan Chen’s robust new ebook examines the best way British colonial wisdom of China was once developed. In doing so, he offers vital new insights into empire, strength, and violence throughout the period of the Opium War.’
—Rana Mitter, professor, collage of Oxford; writer of China’s struggle with Japan, 1937–45: The fight for Survival

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