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Running head: OPIUM WARS 1 Opium Wars Tara Clingman HIS 104: World Civilizations II Vera Parham February 9, 2015
OPIUM WARS 2 Opium Wars The Opium Wars took place during the mid-nineteenth century within Chinese history; as a result, the aftermath of the wars caused death and loss for many Chinese citizens. During this time, there was need for Chinese commodities such as: tea, silk and other delicacies, creating an unbalance trade system between the western and eastern worlds. China was an extremely self- sufficient nation that required very little exchange of European goods, unlike Britain or other European countries that relied heavily on the importation of goods from other countries. In order for the British to obtain Chinese delicacies (mostly tea), they would trade opium because there was a shortage of silver (The Opium Wars, 2007). The Chinese government felt that opium was rooted in evil and cause immorality. The Chinese government changed their bargaining agreements because they did not want their citizens to become addicted to Opium, as a result, the government created a prohibition against the drug. However, many Chinese people did not support or follow the prohibition and continued to illegally trade with Britain. Although there was an official band on the importation of opium, the British government still imported opium into China. The Chinese Emperor was aware of his citizen’s banned trading

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