Opium Essays

  • The Opium Wars

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    The Opium Wars came from China 's attempts to suppress the trade and consumption f Opium. The first war took place from 1839 to 1842 and the second war was from 1856 to 1860. The Opium wars marked a new beginning in terms of China’s relationship with the west. Regular trade had been going on with the British since the arrival of the Portuguese in the 1600’s. As European economic power rose, Chines goods such as silk, porcelain and tea became highly sought after. However, at the time Britain had no

  • Causes Of The Opium War

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    1842, arose as the Opium War was developing and was progressing to a conclusion; it is explicitly evident that the idea of the Chinese and British government contradicting each other was essentially the cause of the Opium War in the first place. But the tense times, Commissioner Lin Ze-Xu stayed incredibly loyal to his main task that was handed to him by the Daoguang Emperor – destroy all of the opium and prevent any more from entering China – he was able to dispose all of the opium that he was able

  • Opium War Causes

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    The Opium Wars were 2 wars fought between Britain and China in the 1800s. The first Opium War took place from 1839 to 1842 when British traders imported opium from India to China against the Chinese government’s wishes. The British sent a fleet of warships in retaliation to the Chinese destroying a warehouse full of opium. The second Opium War took place from 1856 to 1860 when Chinese officials searched a British ship. The British, joined by the French, sent an invasion force to China and occupied

  • Chinese Opium War Essay

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    The Chinese Opium Wars were a devastating blow to the Chinese government and its relationship with the Western countries. The First Opium War was mainly due to the opium trade. The Second Opium War started with a misunderstanding on a merchant ship and the already boiling tensions between the Chinese and the Western countries. This is an investigation to answer the question: To what extent has the Second Opium War influenced the change in the Chinese government and military? The two main sources

  • The Opium War Analysis

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    The Opium War, is a historical epic film directed by Chinese director Xie Jin and was strategically released in 1997 to coincide with the Hong Kong handover ceremony. With its self-explanatory title, the film recounts the conflict between Qing Dynasty of Imperial China and the British Empire over the issue of trade and opium that gradually escalated into a war. It is important to note that there is a theme driving the film and at the same time being driven by the film. While the dominant theme in

  • The Impact Of The Opium Wars In China

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    significant Chinese historical events, one that the people of China will not be able to forget, is the Opium Wars which happened in the mid-19th century. The first Opium War was fought between China and Britain from 1839 to 1842 while the second Opium War saw China fighting against Britain and France from 1856 to 1860. China lost both wars which led to the downfall of the Qing dynasty. The impact of the Opium Wars is not limited to just that time period, but its effects are still being seen in China today

  • Film Review Of The Film 'The Opium War'

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    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. The emperor appointed Lin Zexu as his imperial commissioner, ordering him to go to Guangzhou

  • How Did The Opium War Affect America

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    THE OPIUM WARS And its Affect on America The Dream of Trade Throughout the 19th century, Americans dreamed of exploiting China 's market. Especially after the United States expanded to the West Coast, prospects for a lucrative and expanding Far Eastern trade energized U.S. merchants and manufacturers. However China 's imperial government took steps to discourage international trade. When U.S. merchant ships first began arriving in the Far East in the 1780s, they were restricted to trading only

  • Opium In China

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    The historical backdrop of opium in China started with the utilization of opium for therapeutic purposes amid the seventh century. In the seventeenth century, the act of blending opium with tobacco for smoking spread from Southeast Asia, making a far more prominent request. The role of opium as a commodity in Chinese society during the 1700s will be discussed. The paper explores the roles played by China and the British in the opium wars and the impact the wars had on the relations between Western

  • Drugs And Racism

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    Why are some drugs legal and other drugs illegal today? It 's not based on any scientific assessment of the risks of these drugs, but it has everything to do with who is associated with these drugs thus producing the emergence of anti-drug laws. Opium and the Chinese

  • The First Opium War

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    The opium is a substance that is obtained from the poppy plant and is considered as one of the most addictive drugs. Nowadays, it is used to produce heroine, nevertheless, the origin of opium goes back to the beginning of civilization. In fact, it is one of the oldest drugs that exist until today. In relation to this, and briefly explained, the Opium Wars were a series of conflicts that occurred in Chinese territories in the 19th century, between China and Great Britain. They are divided into two

  • Wide Sargasso Sea And Macbeth Comparison

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    A Deal with the Devil More, more, and more… “Sweat? Pain?” No more. More, more, and more… “Right now?” Yes. While life is never perfect, avarice and sloth tempt human beings to trade their souls for tangible gains. Ironically, drugs, the manmade devil, become the ultimate winner in this compact. Not only are characters in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea enticed by drugs, but also Samuel Coleridge, the author of “Kubla Khan”, indulges himself with drugs. While some of them yield

  • The Opioid Crisis

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    The opium poppy plant produces substances that act as a pain reliever. Most opioid drugs like morphine and hydrocodone that treat severe pain, contain the products of these poppy plants. Opioids are powerful narcotics that have over the years been taken advantage of but should exclusively be for medical purposes only prescribed by physicians. Nabarun Dasgupta is a pharmaceutical epidemiologist who has a Ph.D. in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina. Nabarun wrote a peer-reviewed article

  • The Negative Impact Of Christianity On The Imperialism Of China

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    Pontiac (1718 -1769) once said, “They came with a Bible and their religion, stole our land, crushed our spirit, and now they tell us we should be thankful to the Lord for being saved.” The introduction of Christianity played a huge role in impacting the Imperialism of China. During the 18th-19th century, the Brits tried converting the Chinese into Christians for influence and trade since other countries were trying to also invade China. To begin, China had many resources like spices, tea, and porcelain

  • A Different Mirror Analysis

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    prosper, but there was also an alternative motive, to escape from a war torn China. As mentioned in Takaki 's book A Different Mirror, it says “Many sought sanctuary from intense conflicts in China caused by the British Opium Wars” (Takaki, 192). China’s lost in the British Opium War weaken its defenses, and many other countries followed Britain taking over trade ports. This led to a weaken economy mentioned in A Different Mirror, which states “Harsh economic conditions also drove Chinese migrants

  • Victorian Opium Analysis

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    Surprisingly, opium was such an important trade that it was the reason for two arm conflicts fought between China and Britain from 1839-42 and 1856-60. There were no restrictions on selling drugs until the 1868 Pharmacy act. Therefore, pium was legal and it was used as a magical medicine to alleviate pain, suppress cough, pacify the children and achieve alternate mind sets. To put it differently, the use of opium was considered normal; it was even solicited by

  • Decriminalization Of Drugs

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    civilization and opium was smoked for sedative effects in ancient China. Medicinal use, however, eventually gave way to recreational use. Hundreds of years passed before anyone realized the dangers of addiction or abuse and even after that, substance abuse has continued widely and openly. It was soon realized that this was a global problem that required a global solution. The first international conference on narcotic drugs was held in Shanghai in 1909, paving the way for the International Opium Convention

  • Reasons Why Teenagers Start Smoking

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    Can you believe that 90 percent of smokers begin smoking before they reach the age of 21? That is the youth of this generation smoking even before they have become mature adults. Smoking is a common problem, and it causes devastating effects. These effects will ruin their life. Not only do adults smoke, but because of their bad influence, young adolescents have started smoking. Now that they have started to smoke, they are having a hard time trying to quit. Accidently or on purpose, teenagers get

  • Do Not Go Gentle Poem Summary

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    I researched the background information about the poems mentioned in the book, the author’s inspirational reason to write this book, historical references, and real life connection to this Society for this week’s reading. Information I found from the research or things that I connected to the novel: POEM: In the book, Ky gives Cassia a poem written by Dylan Thomas for her birthday. Dylan Thomas is also the author who wrote the poem, “Do Not Go Gentle Poem”. “Do Not Go Gentle Poem” Is the poem that

  • Daisy's Idealism In The Great Gatsby

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    The tragic flaw that causes the hero’s fall is also a custom to the story of the tragic hero, this is known traditionally as a harmantia. Eddie Carbone’s harmantia lies in his denial to accept his incestuous attraction for his niece Catherine. Due to a suppression of his unnatural desire, Carbone now feels that he is justifiable in his struggle against Rodolpho. It may even be possible that Eddie has managed to convince himself that his objections to his niece’s marriage is purely innocent and is