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“Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money: Part III”

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Part three of my four part series for The World of Chinese on the Opium War.


Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money: Part III

To find an approximate parallel for the terror the Nemesis struck in the hearts of Chinese defenders, we might need to turn to the realm of science fiction. The 1990s semi-classicIndependence Day featured large hovering spacecraft, impervious to human weapons, and which could obliterate a city. The Nemesis could not fly and was not powered by a race of telepathic space insects…but from the perspective of Qing troops and officers trying to pierce her defenses using square-rigged wooden war junks and antiquated cannons, she might as well have been.

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