Imperial twilight : the opium war and the end of China's last golden age (Book, 2019) [WorldCat.org]
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Imperial twilight : the opium war and the end of China's last golden age

Author: Stephen R Platt
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2019. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Vintage Books editionView all editions and formats
Summary:
Describes how nineteenth-century British efforts to open China to trade set in motion the fall of the Qing dynasty and started a war that allowed for the rise of nationalism and communism in the twentieth century.
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen R Platt
ISBN: 0345803027 9780345803023
OCLC Number: 1047648412
Description: xxviii, 556 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: pt. I. Gracious spring. A time of wonder --
Black wind --
The edge of the world --
Sea and land --
Points of entry --
Hidden shoals --
pt. II. The milk of paradise. Boom times --
Fire and smoke --
Freedom --
A darkening turn --
Means of solution --
The last honest man --
pt. III. Blood-ravenous autumn. Showdown --
Will and destiny --
Aftermath --
Houqua and Forbes.
Other Titles: Opium war and the end of China's last golden age
Responsibility: Stephen R. Platt.

Abstract:

Describes how nineteenth-century British efforts to open China to trade set in motion the fall of the Qing dynasty and started a war that allowed for the rise of nationalism and communism in the twentieth century.

As China reclaims its position as a world power, Imperial Twilight looks back to tell the story of the country’s last age of ascendance and how it came to an end in the nineteenth-century Opium War. As one of the most potent turning points in the country’s modern history, the Opium War has since come to stand for everything that today’s China seeks to put behind it. In this dramatic, epic story, award-winning historian Stephen Platt sheds new light on the early attempts by Western traders and missionaries to “open” China even as China’s imperial rulers were struggling to manage their country’s decline and Confucian scholars grappled with how to use foreign trade to China’s advantage. The book paints an enduring portrait of an immensely profitable—and mostly peaceful—meeting of civilizations that was destined to be shattered by one of the most shockingly unjust wars in the annals of imperial history. Brimming with a fascinating cast of British, Chinese, and American characters, this riveting narrative of relations between China and the West has important implications for today’s uncertain and ever-changing political climate. --

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