The 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

The 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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