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EASC150: Midterm Guide o Opium Originated out of the trade imbalance between Great Britain and China Appealed initially to groups dealing with boredom or stress (i.e. Eunuchs, Manchu court officials, soldiers, women in wealthy households, students, etc.) Eventually spread among the leisure classes as a means of social relaxation also spread to the peasants as well China Intervenes: Emperor Daoguang what to do about opium? Becomes illegal Lin Zexu receives imperial commission to stop opium Travels to Canton to confront British traders Lin’s cleansing of Canton; Lin vs. Lancelot Dent (1839 = 20,000 chests of opium seized, flushed) o Western Images of China Up until 18 th century: favorable (i.e. Jesuits, Voltaire, Chinoiseries) After western encounters, attitude change EX: Hegel China as frozen in time, needing help Imperialism, feelings of western superiority Calls for Western Intervention o First Opium War (1839-1842) Issue: British had just stocked up Issue: No longer just East India Co. problem British refuse to stop selling opium Lin, locals rebel/protest British fleet arrives, June 1840 Admiral Sir George Elliot Blocks Canton harbor sails northward reaching Tianjin Agreement: Elliot and Governor of Tianjin

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