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Month: August 2017

Book review — Merchants of War and Peace by Song-Chuan Chen

The Opium Wars are probably the only actual shooting wars in history that are named after a drug. It wouldn’t be so surprising if the Opium Wars fought between the United Kingdom and China in 1839-1842 and 1856-1860 had been given the label by aggrieved Chinese historians to highlight the key role played by drug trafficking in British imperialism, but that’s not what happened.

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