Film Review: “The Opium War” The movie “The Opium War” was filmed in memory of the return of HongKong in 1997. It’s an attempt to rebuild historical cognition. It is about what happened between two empires (the Great Qing dynasty and the Great Britain) in the time that full of opportunities and chaos from 1838 to 1840. The emperor Daoguang decided to forbid opium, bringing back wealth and order to his land.
This was a battle between Shang and Zhou clans, over the Shang 's expansion. They largely had the support of the Chinese people: Di Xin (the final king of the Shang Dynasty) had become cruel, spent state money on drinking and gambling, and ignored the state. The Zhou established authority by forging alliances with regional nobles, and founded their new dynasty with its capital at Fenghao (near present-day Xi 'an, in western China). Map of Zhou Dynasty This map shows the location of the ancient Zhou Dynasty. The map shows that the Zhou Dynasty covered portions of modern-day mid-eastern China.
The Cultural Revolution is the name given to Mao’s attempt to reassert his beliefs in China, in fact Mao was afraid by the fact that someone else would take his role. He said that the bourgeois and the suppoters of the capitalist system have infiltrated into the government so he encourage the people to find and report these traitors. The Chinese respond by creating the Red Guard groups, militias of volunteers that spread violence across the country by arresting and killing many innocent people resulting in a failure of the Cultural Revolution. To avoid further dissent Mao created a "cult of his personality" by putting his images and famous quotes everywhere and to establish diplomatic relationship with the United States to solve economic problems. The United States of America was interested in the Chinese market and containing the Communist influence.
Britain’s forced introduction of opium in 1825 in China had devastating effects on its population and economy. The people of China express their just displeasure with the British people and its monarchy in documents 1, 2, and 9. In Document 1, a Chinese emperor is addressing the King George of England in 1793 in a letter.
The Burma Campaign was in South-East Asia in World War II and was fought by the forces of the British Empire and China, with support from the United States, against the Empire of Japan, Thailand, and the Indian National Army. Burma was one of the worst affected areas in World War II. In Burma, the Japanese Army military setbacks which led to them retreating to the east. The Japanese wanted to take over Yangon, the capital and also a popular seaport.
The temporary disappearance became a pretext for Japan to launch an attack on the city of Beijing followed by a full-scale invasion of Northern China. The Chinese Army’s ill equipment favoured the quick Japanese military advance southwards to Shanghai. After the conquest of the “Chinese New York”, the Japanese army marched northwest towards the Nationalist capital of China, Nanjing, where Chiang Kaishek’s Government was located. Their intention was both to occupy strategic locations and to demonstrate their superiority over the Chinese Nationalists “[a] force they considered pernicious and alien to their vision of East Asia’s future.” The siege of the Chinese cities required various months of bloody fighting, more than what
The colonists participated in smuggling to try to avoid the taxes, and The Sugar Act made legal sugar trade and transport extremely complicated and frustrating, which also made smuggling seem more appealing for the colonists (“The Sugar Act”). This caused the British to crack down on smuggling and enforce the collecting of the taxes, further angering the colonists. This is only one of the many acts that taxed the colonists. Each one angered the colonists more and more, ultimately leading to the Revolutionary War and the liberation of the colonies (Tim George, “The 4 Acts That Lead To The American Revolution”). The Sugar Act had affected the colonies in different ways.
I think the idea of civilizing other nations or culture in European ways was somewhat crime against humanity. The forcible trade of opium to China by British East India Company was a form of imperialism. An imperial commissioner from China, Lin Tse-Hsu writes “Letter to queen Victoria” P-431, he states “Your honorable nation takes away the products of our central land, and not only do you thereby obtain food and support for yourselves, but moreover, by reselling these products to other countries you reap a threefold profit.” What the letter makes abundantly clear is that the native people are being robbed off their products by the foreign invading power, their economies in
Because the Americans and other foreigners pushed for the sale of drugs in China, disrespected the local Chinese religion and weakened China as a whole, the Boxers do not deserve criticism. The Boxers do not deserve any criticism because when the British introduced opium to China, it caused a disruption in a somewhat peaceful place. This situation upset many nationals and the Chinese government, causing
Keetae Kim Professor Larson East Asian Studies 14 April 2015 The Parallelism between the Revolution of 1911 and the Protest of 1989 China had experienced waves of instability from the numerous events from the 20th century. Countless revolutions and protests have forged China into what it is today. The 1911 revolution, also known as the Xinhai revolution, was one of the major revolutions in 20th century China that acted as a stopping force that cut the Qing dynasty short of its path.
The British were in massive debt following the French and Indian war, therefore they placed taxes on the colonists in order to regenerate some of that money lost. The Sugar Act of 1764 taxed the sale of molasses in hopes to gain some lost money, but this act led the people of Boston to boycott the molasses industry. The Stamp Act of 1765 shortly followed, making colonists buy a stamp with every paper product. The rage the colonists felt over the passing of this act, led the colonies to begin to unify as they together boycotted the trade industry. The Townshend Duties of 1767 imposed taxes on glass, lead, paint, paper and tea, but this only led to the colonist to again boycott the trade of those items and start newspaper attack.
The Tea Acts passed by Parliament started the colonists down the path of anger. The Tea Acts were caused by the East India Company going bankrupt that is the reason the colonist got taxed in the first place. The East India Company was running out of money and they were acquainted with the colonies government so to help out the company the government of the colonies agreed to taxes the colonist
After the war the British were in a lot of debt; they needed a way to pay off the debt. Consequently the war took place in British America, the Parliament of England figured that the colonists should pay the price. The colonists were upset because of the taxes they called unfair. The Molasses Act was the first tax on sugar. The Molasses Act was placed on the colonies, however, the British government did not enforce this “law”.
The Navigation Acts restricted foreign trade to competition with other countries, while reducing the chances of the colonies becoming an independent nation; in addition, all British products that were to be sent to the colonies were heavily taxed in order to create more profit. The Sugar Act placed tax on sugar, wine, and coffee, and denied any colonist accused of smuggling trial by jury, eventually leading to a drastic plummet in the rum industry. Finally, the Stamp Act, an act that was passed without the consent of the colonists, that taxed any paper or document in order to gain money from the colonists for Britain, ultimately leading to the colonists revolting against Britain, and writing newspapers that promoted the idea of independence from the imperialist nation that had repeatedly denied them their liberty, democracy, and