Module 2 CASE History.docx - 1 Running Head The Opium Wars and Taiping Rebellion Module 2 Trident University International The first Opium war was

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1 Running Head: The Opium Wars and Taiping Rebellion Module 2 Trident University International The first Opium war was fought by China and Britain while the second Opium war known as Anglo-French was fought by British and France against China. The first war erupted
2 The Opium Wars and Taiping Rebellion when China tried to suppress opium trade due to the effects of the trade to Chinese people. The opium business had disrupted the social and economic lifestyles of most of the Chinese because it 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. The purpose of this research is to examine various events experienced in opium war and Taiping rebellion. The exportation of opium was taking place in Chinese territory from India; therefore, it affected the social patterns of the Chinese communities. In 1839, Chinese government seized and destroyed 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 the two countries (Lovell, 2013). Besides, the British government failed to turn in the soldiers who killed the Chinese villager to the Chinese legal system. The antagonism reached a climax when British war ship destroyed a Chinese blockade of the Pearl River at Hong king. The British attacked and occupied the city in 1841.

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