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Module 2; CaseModern World HistoryDr.BarnesMay 22, 2016
Chinese HistoryOpium WarsOpium Wars refers to conflicts that arose in China in mid-19th Century between British andFrench against China. This Paper seeks to identify the conditions that led to the Opium Warsin China and the outcome of the wars. It further will explain the Taiping Rebellion in details,how the movement became powerful and how it ended.Opium wars occurred in two phases with first phase happening between 1839 and 1842. Thewar was between China and Britain (Pletcher, 2015), the war began when China took effortsof stopping opium trade which was a major threat on their economy. The Emperor by thenwas Lin Ze-xu tried to stop the trade by arresting and taking back opium the opium that wastaken by their enemy. The major cause of the wrangle was that Britain had invested intrading of Chinese good which according to the people of china was illegal. The Britain wastransferring these goods to India which was their source of market. Britain preferred theChinese good just because they had no trading commodity such as the silver; therefore theyhad to take the Chinese resources in order to trade. This illegal trade called for an actiontowards the same and the emperor by then (Ze-xu) decided to take an action to stop the trade.According to this emperor he believed that foreigner should not be allowed to trade with theChinese resources mainly because the trade was transferring the Chinese resources to othercountries which would consequently cause loss of culture and Chinese history. His efforts