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Britain Stole Hong Kong From China - "Britain's East India Company would wage three wars on the people of China in order to secure the right to sell opium there". Marxist analysis of the Opium Wars.
Ch'ing China: The Opium Wars - "By the 1830's, the English had become the major drug-trafficking criminal organization in the world". Discussion of the causes and effects of these wars.
Emperor of China Declares War on Drugs - How Commissioner Lin Tse-hsü's attempts to stamp out the opium trade led to war and personal disgrace.
Imperial Pushers: Britain, China and the Opium War - Causes and results of the war.
Letter of Advice to Queen Victoria - "The wealth of China is used to profit the barbarians ... by what right do they then in return use the poisonous drug to injure the Chinese people?". Full text of a letter written by Commisioner Lin in the lead up to the war.
The Anglo-Chinese Treaty of Nanking (1842) - Full text of the treaty which ended the war. Amongst its one-sided conditions was the ceding of Hong Kong to the British.
The Emergence Of Modern China - How increasing contact with western powers led to war and enfored change.
The First Opium War - Article discussing "the biggest and most well backed drug deal in history" from
The Opium War - Links and discussion forum on both the war itself and a 1997 movie based upon it, from the DigitalChina/Harvard project.
The Opium War and the Opening of China - Extended essay on the effects of the Opium War on the opening of China, on social, economical, political, and intellectual levels.
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