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1Running Head: The Opium Wars and Taiping RebellionModule 2 Trident University InternationalThe first Opium war was fought by China and Britain while the second Opium warknown as Anglo-French was fought by British and France against China. The first war erupted
2The Opium Wars and Taiping Rebellionwhen China tried to suppress opium trade due to the effects of the trade to Chinese people. Theopium business had disrupted the social and economic lifestyles of most of the Chinese becauseit contributed to high rate of addiction. The business was taking place in Chinese territory.Taiping rebellion, on the other hand, was influenced by religious and political upheaval. Thepurpose of this research is to examine various events experienced in opium war and Taipingrebellion. The exportation of opium was taking place in Chinese territory from India; therefore, itaffected the social patterns of the Chinese communities. In 1839, Chinese government seized anddestroyed approximate 20,000 chests of opium which were kept on Canton by British merchants.Additionally, the British soldiers killed Chinese villager increasing the antagonism between thetwo countries (Lovell, 2013). Besides, the British government failed to turn in the soldiers whokilled the Chinese villager to the Chinese legal system. The antagonism reached a climax whenBritish war ship destroyed a Chinese blockade of the Pearl River at Hong king. The Britishattacked and occupied the city in 1841.