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protection from enemy forces that did not agree to the Chinese trade system. Instead, technology advanced and gave rise to steamships and railroads, and China was left behind and became vulnerable to superior forces. The greatest lesson that can be taken away from the Opium Wars is that those with greater power will succeed, regardless of who holds the moral high ground. ConclusionThe opium wars ravaged Chinese society, and the dynasties honorable intentions of protecting the Chinese people fell short because it lacked the military force to defend China fromBritain imposing their will and forcing a trade. The British successfully established a highly addictive commodity which was used to turn trade in their favor so they might aquire tea and silkwithout having to pay in silver. The British enterprise, however, did not end with tea and silk, butrather the acquisition of Hong Kong, five open ports for trade, and millions of dollars paid to the
THE OPIUM WARS6British by the Chinese. China learned a hard but valuable lesson as a result of the conflict and recognized that they must adapt to change in technology to allow their country to grow with the changing times and not leave themselves vulnerable to attack from greater powers wishing to impose their will again. References
THE OPIUM WARS7Columbia University Asia for Educators. (n.d.).Excerpts from the Treaty of Nanjing, August 1842(Links to an external site.). Retrieved from Foxcroft, L. (2007).The making of addiction : The 'use and abuse' of opium in nineteenth-century britain. pp.66. Retrieved from -library.ashford.eduMIT Visualizing Cultures. (2011).The first Opium War: The Anglo-Chinese Warof 1839-1842(Links to an external site.). Retrieved from tmlWatts, P. (2013, June 2).Field of dreams: A remarkable exhibition sheds new light on the dark history of the opium business(Links to an external site.).The Independent. Retrieved from Zexu, L. (2018).New World Encyclopedia. Retrieved from//?title=Lin_Zexu&oldid=1012993.

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