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Running header: OPIUM WARS1Opium WarsKeri CoveyHIS 104: World Civilizations IIKathryn JohnsonFebruary 10, 2020
OPIUM WARS2Opium WarsLike many times over the year’s countries have risen up against each other over many things. Sometimes it is over a border dispute, or one country wants to dominate over another country. Many times, these conflicts arise over economic reasons. In the case of the Opium Wars,economic facets were the fuel to begin and fight these wars. Out of these two wars, new treaties and trade agreements were made. The Opium Wars were between Europe and China. Europe wanted to import opium into China which was leading to addictions to its citizens. China wanted to put an end to it which would cost Europe millions of dollars. The question that becomes apparent is should the increase in revenue outweighs the welfare of the citizens. In the nineteenth century, the expansion of European imperialism was mostly because of the economy. According to Getz & Brooke (2012), by the mid-1800s, Britain, and France owned most of the Ottoman government’s debt, and by 1881, they managed most of the Ottoman's finances. Britain and France wanted to do the same thing with China. However, China had a self-sufficient economy. The British were losing money when buying tea from the Qing government, mostly because the Qing government refused trade items with the British. Europe needed to

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