The Addiction of One Empire and the Corruption of AnothereBook - 2004
In this tragic and powerful story, the two Opium Wars of 1839?1842 and 1856?1860 between Britain and China are recounted for the first time through the eyes of the Chinese as well as the Imperial West. Opium entered China during the Middle Ages when Arab traders brought it into China for medicinal purposes. As it took hold as a recreational drug, opium wrought havoc on Chinese society. By the early nineteenth century, 90 percent of the Emperor's court and the majority of the army were opium addicts. Britain was also a nation addicted-to tea, grown in China, and paid for with profits mad.
Publisher: Naperville : Sourcebooks, 2004
Characteristics: 1 online resource (349 pages)