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Running head: The Anglo-Chinese War of 1839 The Anglo-Chinese War of 1839 xxxxHIS 104: World Civilizations IIxxxx8/12/2019
The Anglo-Chinese War of 1839The Industrial Revolution that took place in Britain in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century placed the British Empire in a position to exercise control over many of the other nations that it encountered. Raw materials were flowing into Britain from its colonies, and the factories that finished the products were able to produce the products at a much cheaper price, making trade very profitable for the English. It was during this time that the people of Britain started to drink large amounts of tea, but this was one crop that they could not cultivate asquickly or with the same quality as the Chinese. The Chinese however, had laws that governed where foreigners could trade, and what products they allowed to bring into the country. To discover how the trade of tea could lead a nation to war, we must look at European Imperialism in Asia, evaluate the viewpoints of the English and Chinese people in the 1830’s, analyze the Treaty of Nanjing, and explain some of the lessons learned during this time that we can utilize today. While the Chinese government attempted to protect its citizens from Opium, there was too much money involved to convince the British Empire to stop smuggling the deadly drug into the country.Much of the imperialism that occurred throughout Asia was done under the pretense of free market trading. The British were colonizing many of the countries in Asia to secure money and power for the British crown. One example of this was Robert Clive, an officer in the East India Trading Company who gained a large amount of wealth through trade. With wealth came power, and the money and power that Clive controlled through the trading company allowed them to purchase much of the land around Bengal, India. This area was fertile and produced a
The Anglo-Chinese War of 1839high-quality opium plant that the East India Trading Company could produce in mass quantities.