Karl Marx and the Opium War
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Karl Marx and the Opium War book
Marx was familiar with the history and culture of India. Who knows if he read the famous travel book written by Ludovico de Varthema in the 16th century. When in 1856 the Second Opium War began, Marx‘s workshop was ready to furnish all the necessary tools for a sharp analyses of the war. He wrote several articles in the same American newspaper to show the economic roots of the conflict and the moral issues. Marx offers a perfect description of the opium trade, which tied the Indians and Chinese in a mortal knot. The Indo-Chinese war is an interesting example: the Indian economic system was destroyed, the internal political and economic balance of China too. The Indians and the Chinese, after a long fight, were able to become independent. Now India and China are again a gigantic economy in the theatre of the world.