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    DescriptionIn October 1839, a cabinet meeting in Windsor voted to fight Britain's first Opium War with China. The conflict turned out to be rich in tragicomedy: in bureaucratic fumblings, military missteps, political opportunism and collaboration. Yet over the past 170 years, this strange tale of misunderstanding, incompetence and compromise has become the founding myth of modern Chinese nationalism: the start of China's heroic struggle against a Western conspiracy to destroy the country with opium and gunboat diplomacy. Beginning with the dramas of the war itself, Julia Lovell explores its causes and consequences and, through this larger narrative, interweaves the curious stories of opium's promoters and attackers. "The Opium War" is both the story of China's first conflict with the West and an analysis of the country's contemporary self-image. It explores how China's national myths mold its interactions with the outside world, how public memory is spun to serve the present; and how delusion and prejudice have bedeviled its relationship with the modern West.


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    Title
    The Opium War
    Subtitle
    Drugs, Dreams and the Making of Modern China
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor Julia Lovell
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 760 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781468308952
    ISBN 10: 1468308955
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    BISAC V2.8: POL011000
    B&T Approval Code: A43010200
    DC21: 951.033
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A15406030
    DC22: 951/.033, 951.033
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: DS757.5 .L58 2014
    Thema V1.0: NHF
    Publisher
    Overlook Press
    Imprint name
    Overlook Press
    Publication date
    14 August 2014
    Author Information
    Julia Lovell is an author, translator, and academic. She is the author of the widely acclaimed "The Great Wall: China Against the World 1000 BC-AD 2000," which was published in eighteen countries. She has translated many key Chinese works into English, including "Lust, Caution" by Eileen Chang, "The Complete Fiction of Lu Xun," and "Serve the People "by Yan Lianke. She is a lecturer in modern Chinese history and literature at the University of London and writes for the "Guardian," "The Times," the "Economist," and the "Times Literary Supplement." She spends a large part of the year in China with her family.
    Review quote
    "A crisp readable account [Lovell] keeps a sharp plot running, which is a testament to her writing skills . . . Ms. Lovell, a keen observer of contemporary Chinese culture, also traces the "afterlife" of the war, exploring the ways it has been remembered from the 19th century to the present." --"The Wall Street Journal" "Excellent . . . Intriguing . . . For those seeking a blow-by-blow account of the conflict, this book will more than satisfy . . . Lovell is no apologist for the English, or their eagerness for war." "--The Daily Beast " "An astute, bracing history lesson on a conflict that set off the British notion of "yellow peril" and Chinese victimhood . . . Lovell offers extensive analysis of why and how this conflict helped create an entire founding theory of Chinese nationalism" --"Kirkus Reviews" ""The Opium War" is dramatic, eye-opening history . . . Historian Lovell recounts the war and its aftermath in full detail."" --Booklist " "Painstakingly follows the intricate webs of trades, treaties, accusations, and recriminations between the two empires . . . Lovell masterfully condenses into one volume a dense, difficult conflict, the results of which are still can be felt 170 years later."" --"Publishers Weekly""