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Imperial Twilight

Imperial Twilight by Stephen R. Platt
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May 15, 2018 | 592 Pages
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“Masterly . . . [Platt’s] book is important reading not only for those interested in China’s history but also for anyone seeking to understand the explosive intersection between trade and politics today.”
—Julian Gewirtz, The Wall Street Journal

“Everyone with experience in China has heard about the legacy of the Opium War and subsequent ‘Century of Humiliation.’ But Stephen Platt presents the buildup to this confrontation in a vivid and fascinating way, which challenges many prevailing assumptions in both China and the West (including some of my own). This is narrative and analytic history of a high order, which will be read with enjoyment by audiences around the world.”
—James Fallows, author of Our Towns and China Airborne

“A vivid picture of the history of relations between Britain and China from the mid-18th century up to the outbreak of the war… This thoroughly researched and delightful work is essential for anyone interested in Chinese or British imperial history.”
—Joshua Wallace, Library Journal (Starred Review)
 
“A deeply researched study of an early clash of civilizations, when England attempted to impose its will on East Asia… A fluent, well-written exercise in revisionism, one of interest to students of modern geopolitics as well as 19th-century history.”
Kirkus
 
“A fresh perspective on the first Opium War, the conflict that allowed Western merchants to pry open China’s riches and gain unprecedented trading privileges… Platt’s research is impeccably presented in this winning history of British and Chinese trade.”
Publishers Weekly

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