About this book
The epic story of Europe's attempt to destroy and colonize China in the period 1800-1914, and how that attempt failed - just. These events are crucially important to understanding China today.
In the early nineteenth century China remained almost untouched by British and European powers - but as new technology started to change this balance, foreigners gathered like wolves around the weakening Qing Empire. This book explains the roots of China's complex relationship with the West.