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reading chapter 6 - The Opium War between China and Britain...

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Wesley Murphy Political Science 328 Shanruo Ning Zhang 1/9/10 Reading Questions: Chapter 6 1. Confucianism strongly encourages people to be kind to one another; it is based on trust and counting on people, emphasizing ancestor worship and filial piety. Confucius didn’t write down any of his teachings; they are based on conversations that his students compiled into writings. It was believed that everyone existed in a web of social relationships that needed to be maintained with courtesy towards one another, compassion, and loyalty. For example, a politician’s potential candidacy would weigh heavily on their personal conduct; someone who dishonored their family through adultery or bad management would be a major negative factor. 2.
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Unformatted text preview: The Opium War between China and Britain was a key component to the decline and demise of the Qing dynasty because it was the beginning of foreign intervention that greatly weakened China through the twentieth century. When the Treaty of Nanjing was signed it ended the Opium War, however, China ceded the island of Hong Kong to Britain allowing them to conduct business in treaty ports. This opened the door to multiple countries including the United States to come in and make their own trading demands just as Britain did. This Western imperialism and unfair demands they had to meet created a sense of humiliation among the Chinese people, increasing the discontent within China leading to the demise of the Qing dynasty....
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