Professor Explains History of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong | The Great Courses Plus

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  1. The history of the opium wars would not be complete without mentioning the central, indeed pivotal role played by the Jewish Sassoon dynasty

    … from David Sassoon

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Sassoon

    (see also links to categories “Opium Wars” and “Iraqi Jews”.)

    … through to the “British” real estate mogul Sir Victor Sassoon

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-jews-once-ran-shanghai-the-wicked-old-paris-of-the-east/

    From the wiki article under the heading “Legacy”

    “Although David Sassoon did not speak English, he became a naturalised British citizen in 1853. He kept the dress and manners of the Baghdadi Jews, but allowed his sons to adopt English manners. His son, [whose Muslim name was] Abdullah changed his name to Albert, moved to England, became a Baronet and married into the Rothschild family.”

    Paraphrasing and from related sources

    “[David] Sassoon [1792-1864] established a triangle of trade, bringing Indian opium and cotton to China, where he received silver, tea and silk in exchange. He then carried these products to England for sale. Finished products from Britain, as well as cash, were then brought back to India where they were used to buy more opium. By the 1870s, David Sassoon had come to dominate the trade of opium to China, having pushed the British firm Jardine Matheson and the “Parsi” traders of Bombay out of the business.”

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