Opium War Essay 1 - Daijah Reese HIST 187 Professor McCord 4 October 2016 The Opium War The Opium War proves itself to be a staple in Chinese history

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Daijah ReeseHIST 187Professor McCord4 October 2016The “Opium” WarThe Opium War proves itself to be a staple in Chinese history, unlike the shallow cuts it left in the society of the opposition. The consequences of the conflict found its way engrained in the economic and cultural changes in China during the 18thand 19thcentury but also raises questions that are being debated today. The surplus of analysis ofthe Opium War does not limit the variation of discussions that are provoked by the events. At the time of the conflict, Britain and China are both experiencing opposing cultural, economic, and political structures leading up to the war. The late 18thcentury displays a time when China, as the “middle kingdom” did not believe in the contributions of Western powers. Simultaneously, Britain is yearning for greater economic and trading power that ultimately leads to the distribution of opium in China. While the Chinese had been smoking opium prior to this new rise in popularity of the drug, the drug reaches the crevices of the common people, creating a cycle of addiction. Causation and the central issue of the Opium Wars are still being reviewed in depth, as the surface of the battle may not truly reflect the core problems between the two nations. At first glance of the wars, the cause Opium and the Chinese’s consequential addiction and resilience from the government is left undiscovered, but with a further look, one may discover that there is a more structural issue at hand. The cultural differences between China and Great Britain are not ultimately what lead to the battle that puts a dent in Chinese history, but rather the economic manipulation that will
follow the war. The political and cultural differences, paired with Britain’s yearning for economic dominance are the central of what provokes the battles.

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