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

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The final installment of my series for The World of Chinese on the Opium War.

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Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money: Part IV

In one of the great ironies of history, none of the treaties directly deals with the cause of the war: opium. It would take another conflict, the Arrow War of 1856-1860, which resulted in the occupation of Beijing and the looting and burning of the imperial summer palaces, to finally legalize the trade in the narcotic.

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