Teaching the First Opium War

Growing up, I was a huge fan of James Clavell’s novel Tai-Pan. Although the novel might be a little outdated today, it serves as an excellent fictional introduction to the British perspective of the Opium Wars. When I teach the Opium Wars now, I use the Opium Wars essay written for MIT’s Visualizing Cultures series. After the students have a good understanding of the conflict, I introduce a retro game that they seem to enjoy. You can find both below:

Visualizing Cultures: The First Opium War

Taipan Game Online

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