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Author Gao, Hao, author
Title Creating the Opium War : British imperial attitudes towards China, 1792-1840 / Hao Gao
Imprint Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2020
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  DA47.9.C6 G211 2020    AVAILABLE    30530001357243
 Modern History Library  327.41051 G211    AVAILABLE    30550100675691
Descript ix, 210 pages ; 24 cm
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Series Studies in imperialism
Studies in imperialism (Manchester, England)
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction -- The Macartney embassy -- The Amherst embassy -- The EIC versus free traders -- 'Show of force' -- Justifying the Opium War -- Conclusion
"Creating the Opium War examines British imperial attitudes towards China during their early encounters from the Macartney embassy to the outbreak of the Opium War - a deeply consequential event which arguably reshaped relations between China and the West in the next century. It makes the first attempt to bring together the political history of Sino-western relations and the cultural studies of British representations of China, as a new way of explaining the origins of the conflict. The book focuses on a crucial period (1792-1840), which scholars such as Kitson and Markley have recently compared in importance to that of American and French Revolutions. By examining a wealth of primary materials, some in more detail than ever before, this study reveals how the idea of war against China was created out of changing British perceptions of the country."-- Provided by publisher
Subject Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- China -- 18th century
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- China -- 19th century
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