The Savage Empire: Forgotten Wars of the 19th Century

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Sutton Publishing, 2000 - History - 208 pages
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This text, a sequel to Massacre and Retribution, recounts the darker side of some of the forgotten colonial wars. These include the Opium War (1839-42) - which shamed Britain and was fought to maintain the opium trade. Thousands died as British technology and warships hammered Chinese warriors on land and at sea; the Persian War (1856-57) - an epic march in foul conditions. A tremendous cavalry charge and a swift victory were features of this campaign on Persian soil fought to maintain the balance of interests which kept Russia out of India; and the Arrow or Second Chinese War (1856-60) - the seizure of a small craft sparked a conflict which saw the attempted mass poisoning of Britons in Hong Kong, the slaughter of British soldiers bogged down in mudflats, the murder of diplomats under a white flag, the winning of seven VCs in a single engagment and the destruction of the Summer Palace.

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"The Savage Empire" is book number two of his "Forgotten Wars" trilogy of small wars the British were involved in during the nineteenth century. Besides the fact it's sobering to think one needs three ... Read full review


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