The book says that ”in 1839 Britain attacked China and forced it to allow the profitable British trade in opium from India to China

The book says that ”in 1839 Britain attacked China and forced it to allow the profitable British trade in opium from India to China. The ‘Opium Wars’ were one of the more shameful events in British History”. So far so good but if we think long and hard, we have to deal with opium which is an addictive drug. In China, use of opium was spreading fast, due to this reason Chinese government wanted to block the opium addict so China started to punish drug cartels and drug dealers in the country, and it wiped out all drugs about opium by burning them all. This was the case for Britain that’s why Britain declared the war against China for removing the ban on opium.
In addition to all these events, the cost of the wars forced the Chinese government to accept to make treaties with British. The treaties weighed against China, and it stayed in hard conditions. Throughout the treaties, British tried to set up diversed spy systems within China. Moreover, these treaties provide a basis for criminal and illegal activities. Unlike the book, this is what shameful one is. When I look at the book, I cannot see any informations about this issue, and these events are slightingly mentioned in the book. In the meantime, British continued to expand their colonies all around the world. While doing these, British caused millions of inhabitants to destroy together with the customs and traditions. It is so obvious that the book is non-objective about the Opium Wars.
The Great War
The book states that British said that they involved in the Great War because they were defending the weak against the strong, and they asserted they were making war for democracy and freedom. In fact, British entered the war not only for these reasons but also for their trading routes. They did not want to lose their advantages on trading routes. For this reason, they had to use something against their enemies in the war. I wish that the book mentioned that British entered the war because of their profit. However, what it was only told is that in the Great War the other countries taking place in the entente states need Britain’s help.
Moreover, we can understand that the book tried to distort the facts by stating its opinions about the war. The book asserted one more time that loss of the war is based on ”sickness and heat”. The book implies that if it was not faced with these problems, British would be able to defeat the Turks. They thought that they can beat and surround the Turks with the occupying powers. It was not expected that the Turks could beat off the attacks that’s why British became a threat for the Turks. However, the Turks drove off this threat again by fighting for their lands and their freedom. In the book, these chapters and sessions should have emphasized the impact of the wartime experience on the British Empire as a system of power, and suggest where between these two extremes the Imperial or colonial outcome of the war came to rest. Whether Britain could transform itself into a continental monster, instead of being constrained into an Imperial and aquatic role, was also an issue between 1914 and 1918. The war did not spawn new Dominion nations in the way that simplified commentaries afterwards assumed. Just as the Great War was for Britain too complex an experience in human terms ever to be satisfactorily reconstructed by historians, so its Imperial dimension cannot be reduced to a formula.