Deadly Dreams: Opium and the Arrow War (1856-1860) in China (Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions)

  • Publish Date: 2002-11-07
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: J. Y. Wong
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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.