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Imperial twilight

the opium war and the end of China's last golden age

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE A Financial Times Book of the Year A Sunday Times Book of the Year ________________________________________ 'Entertaining and well-paced... Platt's compelling book is a sobering read that should focus the minds of those who like to talk of the achievements of the Victorian age without thinking about how those were achieved, or how they were funded.' Peter Frankopan, Spectator ________________________________________ In 1839 Britain embarked on the first of its wars with China, sealing the fate of the most prosperous and powerful empire in Asia, if not the world. Motivated by drug profiteering and free-trade interests, the Opium War helped shaped the China we know today, sparking the eventual fall of the Qing dynasty and the rise of nationalism and communism in the twentieth century. Imperial Twilight is a riveting and revealing account of the end of China's Golden Age and the origins of one of the most unjust wars in history.

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Author:
Stephen R Platt

Publisher:
Atlantic Books

Format:
Paperback

ISBN:
9781786494870

Publication Date:
06/06/2019

Pages:
529

Dimensions:
198 x 129 x 40 mm

Notes:
illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white)

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