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The Resource The Opium War : drugs, dreams and the making of China, Julia Lovell

The Opium War : drugs, dreams and the making of China, Julia Lovell

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The Opium War : drugs, dreams and the making of China
Title
The Opium War
Title remainder
drugs, dreams and the making of China
Statement of responsibility
Julia Lovell
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 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
Summary
Details the 1839 Opium War and the red tape, incompetence, and political cronyism that surrounded China's first conflict with the West and how these events fueled the foundation for modern Chinese nationalism
Writing style
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10115053
Cataloging source
DLC
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1975-
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Lovell, Julia
Dewey number
951/.033
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS757.5
LC item number
.L58 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • China
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adult
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drugs, dreams and the making of China
Label
The Opium War : drugs, dreams and the making of China, Julia Lovell
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn881560457
Edition
Hardcover edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9781468308952
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014023356
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)881560457
Label
The Opium War : drugs, dreams and the making of China, Julia Lovell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn881560457
Edition
Hardcover edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9781468308952
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014023356
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)881560457

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