Synopses & Reviews
This book tells the fascinating story of the war between England and China that delivered Hong Kong to the English, forced the imperial Chinese government to add four ports to Canton as places in which foreigners could live and trade, and rendered irreversible the process that for almost a century thereafter distinguished western relations with this quarter of the globethe process that is loosely termed the "opening of China."
Originally published by UNC Press in 1975, Peter Ward Fay's study was the first to treat extensively the opium trade from the point of production in India to the point of consumption in China and the first to give both Protestant and Catholic missionaries their due; it remains the most comprehensive account of the first Opium War through western eyes. In a new preface, Fay reflects on the relationship between the events described in the book and Hong Kong's more recent history.
Panoramic, thoughtful, and brilliantly presented. .
Pacific Historical Review
[D]emonstrates the academic validity and usefulness, as well as the sheer reading pleasure, of narrative historical treatment done properly.
The work is rich in detail and made richer still by the author's forceful and robust writing style.
American Historical Review
Peter Ward Fay has produced a classic study in The Opium War, 1840-1842
John K. Fairbank, New York Times Book Review
A narrative history of the first Opium War between Britain and China in 1840-42, an event that resulted in the opening of China to wider Western influence and in the cession of Hong Kong to the British.
Fay has pieced together, from an enormous range of firsthand sources, a vivid, microscopically detailed account.
Historian Peter Ward Fay has produced a classic study in The Opium War, 1840-1842.
John K. Fairbank, New York Times Book Review [D]emonstrates the academic validity and usefulness, as well as the sheer reading pleasure, of narrative historical treatment done properly.
Queen's Quarterly The work is rich in detail and made richer still by the author's forceful and robust writing style.
American Historical Review Panoramic, thoughtful, and brilliantly presented. .
Pacific Historical Review
About the Author
Peter Ward Fay is professor emeritus of history at the California Institute of Technology.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Paperback Edition
List of Characters
Part One. The Old China Trade
1. Papaver Somniferum
2. Canton and Macao
3. Managing the Barbarians
4. The Opium Traffic
5. The End of the Company
Part Two. Christ and Opium
6. The Napier Fizzle
7. The Protestant Mission
8. The Catholic Mission
9. A Rising Tide
10. Peking in Earnest
11. Lin and the Twenty Thousand Chests
12. We Won't Go Back!
13. India and England Take Notice
14. The Coming of the War
Part Three. The War
15. The First Expedition
16. At the Peiho
17. The Blockade and the Barrier
19. Up the River to Canton
20. The City Spared
22. A Winter of Waiting
24. The Yangtze Campaign
25. China Opened
Appendix: Calcutta Opium
A Note on Sources
South and East Asia
Gulf of Canton
China in the Early Nineteenth Century
Chusan and the Yangtze
Canton and Vicinity