Stephen R. Platt - Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Platt’s comprehensive history of the First Opium War is less a military history of the 1839-1842 conflict between Great Britain and China than it is a rich analysis of how a thriving trade relationship blew up into war. Platt, professor of Chinese history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of the award-winning Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, explores the power dynamics between China and the West, traces the different internal and external factors in the Qing dynasty’s fall, follows the War’s political fallout into the twentieth century, and paints a vivid picture of nineteenth-century Canton, a small territory teeming with traders, explorers, missionaries, East India officials, Chinese merchants, emperors, and advisors.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Wharf
Non Fiction
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780307961730
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf - May 15th, 2018

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