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Deadly dreams : opium, imperialism, and the Arrow War (1856-1860) in China

Author: J Y Wong
Publisher: Cambridge [U.K.] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Series: Cambridge studies in Chinese history, literature, and institutions.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Arrow War (1856-60) was a virtual world war, involving all the major powers of the globe - China, Britain, France, the United States, and Russia - except the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Of course this conflict was not, as hitherto assumed, merely a simple, diplomatic squabble begun over the alleged insult to the British flag ascribed to the Arrow, a sailing vessel registered in Hong Kong. Over the past thirty  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J Y Wong
ISBN: 0521552559 9780521552554
OCLC Number: 32509159
Description: xxx, 542 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Poem / Qin Esheng --
Foreword / Wang Gungwu --
Foreword / C.A. Bayly --
I. The confusion of imperialism. 1. An attempt to peel the onion of confusion --
II. The pretext for imperialism. 2. An international incident: 'That wretched question of the Arrow' --
III. The personalities of imperialism. 3. Harry Parkes: 'If you would read a little international law.' --
Punch. 4. Sir John Bowring: Possessed by a monomania. 5. Commissioner Yeh: A 'monster'? 6. Rule, Britannia and vox populi, vox Dei --
IV. The rhetoric of imperialism. 7. Marx, Punch, and a political press: The debate among the British newspapers. 8. The Arrow incident and international law: The debate in the House of Lords. 9. Triumph of the liberal conscience: The debate in the House of Commons. 10. 'Johnny' is on his knees: The 'Chinese Election' --
V. The mechanics of imperialism. 11. Behind the scenes: The diplomacy of imperialism. 12. Behind the scenes: The politics of imperialism. 13. In the wings: The lobbies of imperialism.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in Chinese history, literature, and institutions.
Responsibility: J.Y. Wong.
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Wong reveals the extent of Britain's reliance on the opium and tea trade with China, and argues that Victorian free trade ideology was a less decisive factor in the Arrow War (1856-60) than was  Read more...

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