|British storming the fortress at Amoy, 1841 - Lynch after M.A. Hayes|
"At the height of the British Empire, just after the First World War, an island smaller than Kansas controlled roughly a quarter of the world’s population and landmass. To the architects of this colossus, the largest empire in history, each conquest was a moral achievement. Imperial tutelage, often imparted through the barrel of an Enfield, was delivering benighted peoples from the errors of their ways—child marriage, widow immolation, headhunting."
Here is a must read about Britain’s 19th century rape of South and East Asia. I’m still pissed off about it. The book is titled The Opium Wars: The Addiction of One Empire and the Corruption of Another. We’re all still paying for their sins.
A fascinating look at the other side of the Opium Wars
In this tragic and powerful story, the two Opium Wars of 1839 - 1842 and 1856 - 1860 between Britain and China are recounted for the first time through the eyes of the Chinese as well as the Imperial West. Opium entered China during the Middle Ages when Arab traders brought it into China for medicinal purposes. As it took hold as a recreational drug, opium wrought havoc on Chinese society. By the early nineteenth century, 90 percent of the Emperor's court and the majority of the army were opium addicts.
Britain was also a nation addicted—to tea, grown in China, and paid for with profits made from the opium trade. When China tried to ban the use of the drug and bar its Western smugglers from it gates, England decided to fight to keep open China's ports for its importation. England, the superpower of its time, managed to do so in two wars, resulting in a drug-induced devastation of the Chinese people that would last 150 years.
In this page-turning, dramatic and colorful history, The Opium Wars responds to past, biased Western accounts by representing the neglected Chinese version of the story and showing how the wars stand as one of the monumental clashes between the cultures of East and West.
Re: the first article which deals with the Palestinian Mandate, I should mention that my father told me that as a Jewish child in Palestine in the twenties and thirties, he feared and hated the British.
I always recommend Collins and LaPierre's Oh Jerusalem for more information on that particular subject.
|Victor Gillam, Judge magazine, 1 April 1899|
Take up the White Man's burden—
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better,
The hate of those ye guard—