Opium Wars 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Letter To Asia Dbq Analysis

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    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 letter states that the Celestial Empire (China) has all the things that it needs in abundance and therefore does not need to trade with the “barbarians” of England. The excerpt

  • Essay On China Imperialism

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    beginning to change, and what started as dispute over trading rights, escalated into a full scale war. China would never be the same again and it all started with two highly lucrative and addictive goods tea, and opium. The opium war involved both China and Britain. The two opposing countries had completely different perspectives, cultures, and values the perfect recipe sure for disaster. The opium emerged from China's unwillingness  to trade with Britain. Britain wanted to spread its newly found

  • Drugs And Racism

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    The War on Drugs in Correlation with Racism Drugs and racism. The two seem distant, yet through careful analysis a trend can start to emerge in regards to the dichotomy under scrutiny. Some say that President Nixon’s “War on Drugs” campaign in 1971 was a prime example of combining drugs and racism into one single problem creating the illusion that all minorities are habitual drug users. The fact of the matter is, the association of race with drug use was used way before the 1970’s. Why are some

  • Chinese Postmodernity In The Great Gatsby

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    as a bridge between World War I and the Great Depression of the early 1930's. What we have all around is the glamour of the Jazz age, the `Roaring Twenties` and indeed the failure of the American Dream. Gatsby is a truly American character, a firm believer in the American Dream of self-made success: he has, after all, not only invented and self-promoted a whole new persona for himself, but has succeeded both financially and socially. The American Dream then of the post-war generation or of those who

  • How Did The British Raise Tea In The 18th Century

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    the opium trade. The British were able to extract opium from its colony in India and traded it to China. The subsequent events, which included disputes with Chinese authorities regarding the opium trade, could be easily encountered with its military power. Moreover, the British could turn the tables and acquire concessions from the Chinese authorities. The British territorial possessions and existing control of India had enabled them to expand their influence in the region. The tea and opium trade

  • A Different Mirror Analysis

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    The main reason the Chinese came to America was to 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

  • The Joy Luck Club Research Paper

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    consequence of the Opium Wars and ensuing trade that can be observed in the lives of the Chinese-Americans of The Joy Luck Club is the consumption of the opium itself and how over time it became integrated into Chinese culture. How Opium Made the World Go Round mentions that at first, opium consumption wasn’t a big deal because it was too expensive for recreational use, only being available for the rich. However, in 1818 a cheaper manufacturing process was discovered and by 1839 enough opium for eighteen

  • The Rise Of Imperialism: The Fall Of China

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    Imperialism is the act of creating an empire, through extending a country’s power by force, often military, or forming international relations. In many cases the imperializer country reaps financial benefits and extracts resources and raw materials from the country that is colonized, leaving the natives with little to no resources or the ability to advance and develop. When, one country enters another and takes over, it silences the people living there, forcing their voices and their opinions, on

  • Ten Commandments And Ode To Youth

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    Hong Xiuquan was a Guangdong Hakka credited with the founding and leadership of the Taiping movement which eventually led to a Christian rebellion. He lived a relatively short life from 1814-1864 in his home country of China. In 1852-1853 Hong composed the “The Ten Commandments” and “The Ode for Youth,” which took ideologies from Zhou Li, other Confucian classics, foreign Christian Scripture, and Buddhist and Daoist ideas. The “Ten Commandments” and the “Ode to Youth” was created simply the roles

  • 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