The British capture of Chuenpi, near Canton, in January 1841, during the first opium war. Pictures: AlamyThe British capture of Chuenpi, near Canton, in January 1841, during the first opium war. Pictures: Alamy
The British capture of Chuenpi, near Canton, in January 1841, during the first opium war. Pictures: Alamy

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The first opium war: the corruption, mistakes and misfortunes at the root of Sino-British conflict

Interspersed with interesting titbits, historian Stephen R. Platt’s book is an enjoyable read that aims to dispel the myths surrounding the combat

Topic |   Chinese history
The British capture of Chuenpi, near Canton, in January 1841, during the first opium war. Pictures: AlamyThe British capture of Chuenpi, near Canton, in January 1841, during the first opium war. Pictures: Alamy
The British capture of Chuenpi, near Canton, in January 1841, during the first opium war. Pictures: Alamy
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