The Drug Trade and the Crown: A Very British Wealth of Nations

At best the British empire is presented as earning its profits from building railroads and factories. At worst it is the mother of colonial exploitation. But there is another issue. The ideology of free trade suggests that every country has a specialty in a certain product and it is to the advantage of the world economy to take advantage of that specialization. Than how is it that the Chinese were forced to import opium? Cynthia Chung explains.

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