J. Y. Wong Deadly Dreams: Opium, Imperialism and the Arrow War (1856-1860) in China
Cambridge University Press | 1998 | ISBN: 0521552559 | 576 pages | PDF | 11,8 MB
Many have accepted that the Arrow War (1856-60) was caused by an insult to the British flag belonging to the pirate boat Arrow. Dr. Wong argues that Britain's reliance on the opium trade with China played a far greater role in pushing the diplomatic conflict into war. The war was not a simple diplomatic squabble: it involved vital economic interests in British India, which had to be protected at all costs. Dr. Wong offers penetrating insights into theories of imperialism and how they might be reassessed.
New interpretations of Chinese foreign policy and of British expansion in the nineteenth century; new interpretation of annexation of Sind in India • Revisionist take on the ‘imperialism of free trade’ theory
New light on British, Indian, and Chinese economy, mid-nineteenth century