The Inner Opium War (Harvard East Asian Monographs)

By: Polachek, James

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Why did defeat in the Opium War not lead Ch'ing China to a more realistic appreciation of Western might and Chinese weakness? James Polachek's revisionist analysis exposes the behind-the-scenes political struggles that not only shaped foreign-policy decisions in the 1830s and 1840s but have continued to affect the history of Chinese nationalism in modern times.

Polachek looks closely at the networks of literati and officials, self-consciously reminiscent of the late Ming era that sought and gained the ear of the emperor. Challenging the conventional view that Lin Tse-hsu and his supporters were selfless patriots who acted in China's best interests, Polachek agrues that, for reasons having more to do with their own domestic political agenda, these men advocated a futile policy of militant resistance to the West. Linking political intrigue, scholarly debates, and foreign affairs, local notables in Canton and literati lobbyists in Perking this book sets the Opium War for the first times in its "inner," domestic political context.

Product Name: The Inner Opium War (Harvard East Asian Monographs)

Author Name: Polachek, James

Categories: War, Military, History, History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Harvard University Asia Center: 1991

ISBN Number: 0674454464

ISBN Number 13: 9780674454460

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Cloth

Seller ID: 047743

Description: Attractive copy in mylar-protected dust jacket. 400pp.