The Opium War, 1840-1842: Barbarians in the Celestial Empire in the Early Part of the Nineteenth Century and the War by which They Forced Her Gates Ajar / Edition 1

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A narrative history of the first Opium War between Britain and China in 1840-42, an event that resulted in the opening of China to wider Western influence and in the cession of Hong Kong to the British.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807847145
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 1,022,758
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Ward Fay is professor emeritus of history at the California Institute of Technology.

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Table of Contents


Preface to the Paperback Edition
List of Characters

Part One. The Old China Trade
1. Papaver Somniferum
2. Canton and Macao
3. Managing the Barbarians
4. The Opium Traffic
5. The End of the Company

Part Two. Christ and Opium
6. The Napier Fizzle
7. The Protestant Mission
8. The Catholic Mission
9. A Rising Tide
10. Peking in Earnest
11. Lin and the Twenty Thousand Chests
12. We Won't Go Back!
13. India and England Take Notice
14. The Coming of the War

Part Three. The War
15. The First Expedition
16. At the Peiho
17. The Blockade and the Barrier
18. Chusan
19. Up the River to Canton
20. The City Spared
21. San-yuan-li
22. A Winter of Waiting
23. Hongkong
24. The Yangtze Campaign
25. China Opened

Appendix: Calcutta Opium
A Note on Sources

South and East Asia
Gulf of Canton
The Factories
China in the Early Nineteenth Century
Chusan and the Yangtze
Canton and Vicinity

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