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Foreign Mud discusses the illegal trade of opium in Canton, China, during the 1830s and the resultant Opium Wars between Britain and China. Although Maurice Collis' work is based on written records kept by government officials, doctors, missionaries and merchants, it is an engaging work with apt descriptions of the people, places and events. Collis also captures the period when China is forced to open up to the West after 2,000 years of independence and how it is affected by exposure to the culture and decadence of the foreign devils. Maps, plans and illustrations add visual interest for readers.
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Born in Dublin, Maurice Stewart Collis (1889 - 1973) studied history at Oxford University and served as an administrator in Burma (Myanmar) when it was part of the British Empire. After several postings, he returned to England in 1934 and became a well-regarded writer on Southeast Asia, China and other historical subjects. Among his numerous works is Foreign Mud an excellent account of the events surrounding the illegal trade of opium in Canton during the 1830s and the Opium Wars between Britain and China that followed.
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Book Description Graham Brash (Pte) Ltd./Marshall Cavendish, Singapore, 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. First published in 1946; subtitled 'being an account of the Opium Imbroglio at Canton in the 1850's and the Anglo-Chinese War that followed.' I remember I was instructed to read this version by Chinese colleagues, as being more accurate than other tellings of this history.312pp. Seller Inventory # 024205
Book Description Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M9812617744