Unformatted text preview: why needed? prior to opium war, Qing armed forces were good Polachek - mid 19th c v diff from 18th c watching Indian companies Chinese merchants v market oriented caused Boston Tea Party wanted monopoly in N America 1773 - East India Co overstocked tea china not really part of global economy until O.W. this really worried Qing then into military low class workers addiction spreads free trade in opium state can't control domestic opium opium legalized 2nd Opium War wanted to get rid of canton system this money going out of country instead of taels (silver), use dollars south china - different $ then started smuggling opium originally use salt secret societies corruption in Chinese bureaucracy other Western goods not popular by 1880's still 40% of trade into china British said China didn't have to buy it not just opium Problem - surrounded by other issues Opium! EIC wanted to sell to China bad things for both sides late 18th c Impact of the Opium War...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HSEA W3880 taught by Professor Zelin during the Fall '07 term at Columbia.
- Fall '07