Foreign Mud

Foreign Mud

by Maurice Collis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0811215067

ISBN-13: 9780811215060

Pub. Date: 06/01/2002

Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation

First published in 1946, Foreign Mud is a marvelous historical reconstruction of the events surrounding the illegal trade of opium in Canton during the 1830s and the ensuing Opium Wars between Britain and China. Based largely on voluminous documents written by British doctors, missionaries, merchants, and government officials, Collis's tale -- far from being a dry

Overview

First published in 1946, Foreign Mud is a marvelous historical reconstruction of the events surrounding the illegal trade of opium in Canton during the 1830s and the ensuing Opium Wars between Britain and China. Based largely on voluminous documents written by British doctors, missionaries, merchants, and government officials, Collis's tale -- far from being a dry assemblage of dates and facts -- is a fascinating look at British imperialism. Shifting back and forth between the fiery debates in London and the confrontations on the China coast, his story recounts, in all its complexities, a moment in time when China is forced after more than two thousand years of self-contained sufficiency to open its doors to the culture, commerce, and evangelization of the West -- the casus belli: the foreign mud, or opium, the British grew and shipped from India. Interspersed with various maps, plans, and illustrations, Foreign Mud is a historical narrative readers will find provocatively entertaining.

Maurice Collis (1889-1973) was born in Ireland and spent many years in Burma as an Indian Civil Servant. After being demoted for being pro-Burmese, he subsequently became a very successful writer and critic in London.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811215060
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

I.Introductory11
II.Mise-En-Scene19
(i)Macao
(ii)First sight of the drug traffic
(iii)The Bogue
(iv)The River People
(v)The Factories
(vi)The official system of trading to China
(vii)The unofficial system of trading to China
(viii)The drug traffic in operation
(ix)The Dragon memorializes Heaven
III.The Misadventures of a Barbarian Eye105
(i)Review of prospects in 1833
(ii)The head authorities at Canton
(iii)The appointment of Lord Napier
(iv)The palaver at the gate
(v)Laboriously Vile
(vi)Napier is ordered to go
(vii)Napier becomes heated
(viii)The victory of the chairs
(ix)The Viceroy acts
(x)The battle of the Bogue
(xi)The frigates are trapped
(xii)Napier's discomfiture and death
(xiii)What the Dragon said
(xiv)Conclusions from the misadventures
IV.Foreign Mud185
(i)British opinion of the Chinese armed forces
(ii)The affair of the strangling
(iii)Captain Elliot's dilemmas
(iv)Lin demands the surrender of all opium
(v)Lin increases the pressure
(vi)Captain Elliot to the rescue
(vii)Lin succeeds in frightening Elliot
(viii)Elliot surrenders the opium
(ix)Lin destroys the opium
(x)Lin admonishes Queen Victoria
V.Sliding Into War239
(i)Lin's descent upon Macao
(ii)The fight with the junks
(iii)The battle of Chuenpee
(iv)The Commons debate
VI.War287
(i)A smuggler's sea fight
(ii)Lin is dismissed and succeeded by Kishen
(iii)Elliot and Kishen are dismissed
(iv)Sequel
Authorities311
Index313

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