An almost forgotten footnote to history, the very awkward international incident of the Anglo-Chinese war provoked by the...

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An almost forgotten footnote to history, the very awkward international incident of the Anglo-Chinese war provoked by the British opium trade, given a very compl recapitulation. This is the story of the English drug traffic in the years between and 1842; of the very profitable commerce engaged in by the East India Company; its official disavowal and unofficial acknowledgment; and finally of the stoppage of trade in 1834, the failure of English emissary Lord Napier's negotiations, the Chinese de for the surrender of 20,000 cases of opium, and war... There's considerable color in the amused portrayal of Oriental formalities, of British public decorum and private skullduggery, a quiet irony and wit which lend a certain character to a very minor , of only conjectural contemporary interest.

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ISBN: 0811215067

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Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1947