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Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age

Written by:
Stephen R. Platt
Narrated by:
Mark Deakins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2018
17 hours 50 minutes
As China reclaims its position as a world power, Imperial Twilight looks back to tell the story of the country’s last age of ascendance and how it came to an end in the nineteenth-century Opium War.
As one of the most potent turning points in the country’s modern history, the Opium War has since come to stand for everything that today’s China seeks to put behind it. In this dramatic, epic story, award-winning historian Stephen Platt sheds new light on the early attempts by Western traders and missionaries to “open” China even as China’s imperial rulers were struggling to manage their country’s decline and Confucian scholars grappled with how to use foreign trade to China’s advantage. The book paints an enduring portrait of an immensely profitable—and mostly peaceful—meeting of civilizations that was destined to be shattered by one of the most shockingly unjust wars in the annals of imperial history. Brimming with a fascinating cast of British, Chinese, and American characters, this riveting narrative of relations between China and the West has important implications for today’s uncertain and ever-changing political climate.
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Joseph H.

really good narrator and the interesting story. author gives about 40 Years of backstory on the actual event. very little details of the actual War but really enjoyed learning a lot about China at the beginning of the 1800s

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great read truly eye opening

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Maria L.

Easy listen, nice narration. Recommend

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Comer P.

Me. Platt knows his business when it comes to China. Another great read. Educational and entertaining. Can’t wait for the next one!

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