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Kenneth Pomeranz

Kenneth Pomeranz is University Professor of Modern ­Chinese History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of a Modern World Economy.
 (June 2019)

The East India Company steamship Nemesis destroying Chinese war junks at the Second Battle of Chuenpi during the Opium War, 1841; hand-colored engraving by Edward Duncan, 1843

Blundering into War

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

by Stephen R. Platt

June 6, 2019 issue

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