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    The Opium war: drugs, dreams and the making of China

    Lovell, Julia (2011) The Opium war: drugs, dreams and the making of China. London, UK: Pan Macmillan. ISBN 9780330457477.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: 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.

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    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 13:55
    Last Modified: 21 May 2013 13:57
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6937

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