'A desperate traffic': John Francis Davis, China, the Opium Trade and the First Opium War

Kitson, Peter (2018) 'A desperate traffic': John Francis Davis, China, the Opium Trade and the First Opium War. In: China and the West in the Modern World. Sydney University Press, Sydney. (In Press)

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Abstract

The case of Sir John Francis Davis's troubled involvement with the British opium trade to China is a vexed one. This essay is an attempt to outline and hopefully disentangle some of the contradictions both personal but also governmental that surrounded the much-disputed trade in this most ambiguous commodity, both medicine and poison, taking as a case study Sir John Francis Davis, sinologist and diplomat. It discusses Davis' changing views on the trade from his days as an East India Company employee at Canton (Guangzhou) to his term as the second governor of the new Treaty Port of Hong Kong and beyond.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: opium,opium trade,first opium war,china
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Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2018 03:31
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2020 13:21
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/66649
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