Running head: OPIUM WARS1Opium Wars LaCretia Pulce Trident University HIS101 Modern World History: 1800 to Present May 03, 2020
OPIUM WARS2 Opium Wars This paper will discuss the Opium Wars and the Taiping Rebellion. It will describe events that were taking place during the Opium Wars and the Taiping Rebellion. I will be highlighting the conditions in China that lead to the Opium Wars and Taiping Rebellion. Taiping Rebellion The Taiping Rebellion was a religious and political rebellion that was one of the most important events in China during the 19th century. The Taiping Rebellion took place from 1850 to 1864 and killed twenty to thirty million people. The Taiping Rebellion planted its roots in 1837 when Hong Xiuquan a failed examination candidate from Guangdong Province in China’s Deep South, fell into a trance and was troubled by visions, In 1843 he had those visions interpreted through a religious literary work he had received from a Chinese missionary. Using the interpretation of the tract he proclaimed himself to be the younger brother of Jesus. He announced himself as the second son of God. “He gathered up people to follow from his hometown and after 1844, in the mountains of Guangxi, he developed a system of religious and quotidian practices that formed the basis of his radical challenge to the prevailing dynastic order”. (Meyer-Fong, What Remains : Coming to Terms with Civil War in 19th Century China, 2013 pg 5).