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Running head: THE OPIUM WARS 1The Opium WarsOntarrio WoodsHIS 104Instructor: Victoria PasleyJanuary 28, 2019
THE OPIUM WARS 2The First and Second Opium War that lasted from 1839 to 1842 and 1856 to 1860 respectively pitched the British Empire against the Qing Dynasty as each faction sought to protect its interests in China. With much of Europe embracing imperialism, Britain’s control of Asia correlated with economic benefits that secured the Monarch’s powers. Thus emerges the grounds on which this analysis asserts that the Qing Dynasty’s cause for fighting in the Opium Wars triumphed over that of the British. With the Chinese forces working towards protecting its people from the detrimental effects of the intoxicant, the financial framework within which Britain forced its ideologies on China rendered the former’s reasons for engaging in the Opium Wars more valid than the latter's were at all turns. Foremost, to understand the claims that this paper makes, there is a need to appreciate thereality that Britain’s imperialistic ventures in Asia revolved around economic interests meant to benefit the mother country. The presented claim draws evidence from the establishment of the East India Company and Britain’s subsequent determination to monopolize trading rights in Asia through the control of various territories. Subsequently, when Chinese societies adopted opium