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The Opium War – “China: Its History and Culture” – Morton, W. Scott

April 3rd, 2011 · No Comments · China, Colonialism, History, Morality, War

One main cause of the war of 1839-1842, protection of the opium trade, makes this probably the least defensible war Britain has ever fought. But it would be an oversimplification to suppose that opium was the only issue at stake. The fluctuating exactions of the Canton officials, usually known as “squeeze,” have already been mentioned as an irritant. In former days, monopoly on both the Chinese and British sides had been an accepted fact of life, but now new concepts of the desirability of international free trade were in the air.


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