Here are the reference materials used for the podcast, along with my comments and recommendations.

Opium Wars:  Conquest and Surrender

Lovell, Julia.  The Opium War Drugs, Dreams, and the Making of Modern China, New York:  The Overlook Press, 2011. Print.

If you can read only one book on the topic of the Opium Wars I would recommend Julia Lovell’s book as the only one that you will need to read. *** RECOMMENDED
Hanes, William Travis, and Frank Sanello. Opium Wars: The Addiction of One Empire and the Corruption of Another. Naperville, IL: Source, 2002. Print.
One of the few books that provides a detailed overview of the Second Opium War.

Loch, Henry Brougham. Personal Narrative of Occurrences during Lord Elgin’s Second Embassy to China in 1860. London: J. Murray, 1900. Print.

First person account of the events that occurred during the second envoy to China.  An amazing story of personal survival.  *** RECOMMENDED

Dreyer, Edward L. Zheng He: China and the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433. New York: Pearson Longman, 2007. Print.

Edward Dreyer does a tremendous job of translating and analyzing Chinese text in order to write a biography Zheng He.  *** RECOMMENDED

Levathes, Louise. When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne 1405-1433. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994 (Reprinted 2010). Print.

Hsu, Immanuel C. Y. The Rise of Modern China. Fifth Rd. New York: Oxford UP, 1995. Print.

Premier U.S. historian that literally wrote the textbook on modern China.  *** RECOMMENDED

Bown, Stephen R. Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World, 1600-1900. New York: Thomas Dunne, 2010. Print.

An intense and interesting read on the history of the trading companies that setup the initial global trading networks.  *** RECOMMENDED

Robins, Nick. The Corporation That Changed the World: How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multinational. London: Pluto, 2012. Print.

Pack a lunch and get ready to dive into a deep read about the history of the East India Company.

MacMillan, Margaret. Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World. New York: Random House, 2007. Print.

A bit off topic but a good read about Mao Tse-Tung and the U.S. & China relations.

Dormandy, Thomas. Opium: Reality’s Dark Dream. New Haven: Yale UP, 2012. Print.

Opium history written from a doctor’s perspective.

Chouvy, Pierre-Arnaud. Opium: Uncovering the Politics of the Poppy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2010. Print.

Moxham, Roy. Tea: Addiction, Exploitation, and Empire. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2003. Print.

Wilson, Jon E. The Chaos of Empire: The British Raj and the Conquest of India. New York: Public Affairs, 2016. Print.

Revisionist historical account of Company and British Raj.  Author provides excellent analysis of changes to political and social systems under British rule.

Tharoor, Shashi. An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India. New Delhi: Aleph, 2016. Print.

Writes from today’s perspective, I wish I could have used more as reference but the time period covered is primarily during the British Raj.  Well worth reading!

Dodwell, H. H. Dupleix and Clive: The Beginning of Empire. 1967 Reprint. N.p.: Forgotten Book, 1920. Print.

Early writer of Robert Clive.  One of the few detailed accounts of Joseph Dupleix and Robert Clive in India.  Writes about Clive as a heroic figure.

Naravane, M. S. Battles of the Honourable East India Company: Making of the Raj. New Delhi: A.P.H. Pub., 2006. Print.
Great book detailing the 70+ battles of the East India Company.  Some typos and grammar mistakes but I recommend this book.
James, Lawrence. Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India. London: Abacus, 1998. Print.
Good overview of British Raj.  Please note that an updated and revised edition is now available.
 Downton, Nicholas, and William Foster. The Voyage of Nicholas Downton to the East Indies, (1614-1615): As Recorded in Contemporary Narratives and Letters. London: Hakluyt Society, 1939. Print.
References battle of Surat.
 Philips, C. H. “The Secret Committee of the East India Company | Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies.” Cambridge Core. Cambridge University Press, 24 Dec. 2009.
Very interesting article on the inner workings of East India Company.  I accessed this article through JSTOR.
“Papers of George III.” Home. Royal Collection Trust, n.d. Web.
Fascinating access of King George III papers.  You can find at
“BBC ON THIS DAY | 27 | 1967: De Gaulle Says ‘non’ to Britain – Again.” BBC News. BBC, 27 Nov. 1967. Web.
Bosoni, Adriano. “How a Brexit Would Undermine Europe’s Balance of Power.” Stratfor. Stratfor, 21 June 2016. Web
Watson, Patrick W. “India’s Demonetization Could Be The First Cash Domino To Fall.” Investing/#Market Moves. Forbes, 1 Dec. 2016. Web.
Shah, Akshay. “India’s Economy Surpasses That Of Great Britain.” Opinion/#Economy. Forbes, 16 Dec. 2016. Web.