Britain's China Policy and the Opium Crisis: Balancing by Glenn Melancon

By Glenn Melancon

the 1st Opium warfare (1840-42) was once a defining second in Anglo-Chinese family members, and because the 1840s the histories of its origins have tended to were undemanding narratives, which recommend that the British cupboard grew to become to its army to guard opium revenues and to strength open the China alternate. while the financial elements of the battle can't be overlooked, this e-book argues that fiscal pursuits aren't overshadow one other vital point of British international coverage - honour and disgrace. The Palmerston's govt known that failure to behave with honour generated public outrage within the kind of petitions to parliament and lack of votes, and for this reason was once at pains to take such issues into consideration whilst making coverage. consequently, British cupboard officers apprehensive much less concerning the probability to financial pursuits than the chance to their honour and the prospective lack of energy in Parliament. the choice to salary a drug struggle, notwithstanding, made the govt at risk of fees of immorality, developing the necessity to justify the warfare through claiming it used to be appearing to guard British nationwide honour.

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