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a 1200-1500 word analytical essay. (I require all students to write their essays in Times New Roman, 12 font, 1” margins on right, left, top and bottom. If you follow these directions, you will have an essay that is 4-5 pages).

An analytical essay proves a theory (thesis or main idea) with support from primary evidence (an analytical essay contrasts a narrative or descriptive essay which just tells a story and has no main idea). The primary sources used by students to prove their theses can be the primary source required readings for each week. However, if the primary source readings are insufficient to help students prove their thesis (main idea), then visit Internet Modern History Sourcebook (or cut and paste this address: and research through the various primary sources from diverse periods and civilizations. In the analytical essay students will want to provide an interpretation (perspective) of world civilizations. Students should try and discover a common theme that connects the different historical periods and societies discussed in the various documentaries, lectures, and readings. For example, your thesis can be something like: This essay will demonstrate that although women have not had political and social power throughout most of world history they still have been able to achieve significant degrees of political and social independence. Then you state the FIVE primary sources you examined to prove this. In the body of the essay students will analysis each primary source they choose individually and demonstrate how each primary source supports the essay thesis. Make certain to use primary documents to support your perspective (thesis or main idea). All analytical essays should have a minimum of FIVE primary sources. Essays with less than five primary sources will be reduced by an entire letter grade.

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Lin Tse-Hsu Letter of Advice to Queen Victoria, 1839
[Kishlansky Introduction] Lin Tse-Hsu (1785-1850) was the Chinese Commissioner in Canton
whose actions precipitated the Opium Wars (1839- 1842). Although opium was used in China for
centuries, it was not until the opening of the tea trade to Dutch and British merchants that China
was able to import large quantities of the drug. By the early nineteenth century opium was the
principal product that the English East India Company traded in China and opium addiction was
becoming a widespread social problem. When the emperor's own son died of an overdose, he
decided to put an end to the trade. Lin Tse-Hsü was Canton, the chief trading port of the
East India Company, with instructions to negoiate an end to the importation of opium into
China. The English merchants were uncooperative, so he seized their stores of opium. This led to
immediate military action. The Chinese were decisively defeated and had to cede to a
humiliating treaty that legalized the opium trade. As a result commissioner Lin was dismissed
from office and sent into exile.
Lin Tse-Hsu's "Letter of Advice to Queen Victoria" was written before the outbreak of the Opium
Wars. It was a remarkably frank document, especially given the usual highly stylized language of
Chinese diplomacy. There remains some question whether Queen Victoria ever read the letter.
A communication: magnificently our great Emperor soothes and pacifies China and the foreign
countries, regarding all with the same kindness. If there is profit, then he shares it with the
peoples of the world; if there is harm, then he removes it on behalf of the world. This is because
he takes the mind of heaven and earth as his mind.
The kings of your honorable country by a tradition handed down from generation to generation
have always been noted for their politeness and submissiveness. We have read your successive
tributary memorials saying, "In general our countrymen who go to trade in China have always
received His Majesty the Emperor's gracious treatment and equal justice." and so on. Privately
we are delighted with the way in which the honorable rulers of your countip deeply understand
the grand principles and are grateful for the Celestial grace. For this reason the Celestial Court in
soothing those from afar has redoubled its polite and kind treatment. The profit from trade has
been enjoyed by them continuously for two hundred years. This is the source from which your
country has become known for its wealth.
But after a long period of commercial intercourse, there appear among the crowh of barbarians
both good persons and bad, unevenly. Consequently there are those who smuggle opium to
seduce the Chinese people and so cause the spread of the poison to all provinces. Such persons
who only care to profit themselves, and disregard their harm to others, are not tolerated by the
laws of heaven and are unanimoly hated by human beings. His Majesty the Emperor, upon
hearing of this, is in a towering rage. He has especially sent me, his commissioner, to come to
Kwangtung, and together with the governor-general and governor jointly to investigate and settle
this matter.
All those people in China who sell opium or smoke opium should receive the death penalty. We
trace the crime of those barbarians who through the years have been selling opium, then the deep
harm they have wrought and the great profit they have usurped should fundamentally justify their execution according to law. We take into to consideration, however, the fact that the various
barbarians have still known how to repent their crimes and return to their allegiance to us by
taking the 20,183 chests of opium from their storeships and petitioning us, through their consular
officer [superintendent of trade], Elliot, to receive it. It has been entirely destroyed and this has
been faithfully reported to the Throne in several memorials by this comissioner and his
Fortunately we have received a specially extended favor Born His Majesty the Emperor, who
considers that for those who voluntarily surrender there are still some circumstances to paliate
their crime, and so for the time being he has magnanimously excused them from punishment.
But as for those who again violate the opium prohibition, it is difficult for the law to pardon them
repeatedly. Having established new regulations, we presume that the ruler of your honorable
country, who takes delight in our culture and whose disposition is inclined towards us, must be
able to instruct the various barbarians to observe the law with care. It is only neccessary to
explain to them the advantages and advantages and then they will know that the legal code of the
Celestial Court must be absolutely obeyed with awe.
We find your country is sixty or seventy thousand li [three li make one mile, ordinarily] from
China Yet there are barbanan ships that strive to come here for trade for the purpose of making a
great profit The wealth of China is used to profit the barbarians. That is to say, the great profit
made by barbarians is all taken from the rightful share of China. By what right do they then in
return use the poisonous drug to injure the Chinese people? Even though the barbarians may not
necessarily intend to do us harm, yet in coveting profit to an extreme, they have no regard for
injuring others. Let us ask, where is your conscience? I have heard that the smoking of opium is
very strictly forbidden by your country; that is because the harm caused by opium is clearly
understood. Since it is not permitted to do harm to your own country, then even less should you
let it be passed on to the harm of other countries -- how much less to China! Of all that China
exports to foreign countries, there is not a single thing which is not beneficial to peo ple: they are
of benefit when eaten, or of benefit when used, or of benefit when resold: all are beneficial. Is
there a single article from China which has done any harm to foreign countries? Take tea and
rhubarb, for example; the foreign countries cannot get along for a single day without them. If
China cuts off these benefits with no sympathy for those who are to suffer, then what can the
barbarians rely upon to keep themselves alive? Moreover the woolens, camlets, and longells [i.e.,
textiles] of foreign countries cannot be woven unless they obtain Chinese silk. If China, again,
cuts off this beneficial export, what profit can the barbarians expect to make? As for other
foodstuffs, beginning with candy, ginger, cinnamon, and so forth, and articles for use, beginning
with silk, satin, chinaware, and so on, all the things that must be had by foreign countries are
innumerable. On the other hand, articles coming from the outside to China can only be used as
toys. We can take them or get along without them. Since they are not needed by China, what
difficulty would there be if we closed our the frontier and stopped the trade? Nevertheless, our
Celestial Court lets tea, silk, and other goods be shipped without limit and circulated everywhere
without begrudging it in the slightest. This is for no other reason but to share the benefit with the
people of the whole world. The goods from China carried away by your country not only supply
your own consumption and use, but also can be divided up and sold to other countries, producing
a triple profit. Even if you do not sell opium, you still have this threefold profit. How can you
bear to go further, selling products injurious to others in order to fulfill your insatiable desire? Suppose there were people from another country who carried opium for sale to England
and seduced your people into buying and smoking it; certainly your honorable ruler would
deeply hate it and be bitterly aroused. We have heard heretofore that your honorable ruler is kind
and benevolent. Naturally you would not wish to give unto others what you yourself do not want.
We have also heard that the ships coming to Canton have all had regulations promulgated and
given to them in which it is stated that it is not permitted to carry contraband goods. This
indicates that the administrative orders of your
honorable rule have been originally strict and clear. Only because the trading ships are
numerous, heretofore perhaps they have not been examined with care. Now after this
communication has been dispatched and you have clearly understood the strictness of the
prohibitory laws of the Celestial Gourt, certainly you will not let your subjects dare again to
violate the law.
We have further learned that in London, the capital of your honorable rule, and in Scotland,
Ireland, and other places, originally no opium has been produced. Only in several places of India
under your control such as Bengal, Madras, Bombay, Patna, Benares, and Malwa has opium
been planted from hill to hill, and ponds h ave been opened for its manufacture. For months and
years wark is continued in order to accumulate the poison. The obnoxious odor ascends, irritating
heaven and frightening the spirits. Indeed you, O King, can eradicate the opium plant in these
places, hoe over the fields entirely, and sow in its stead the five grains [millet, barley, wheat,
etc.]. Anyone who dares again attempt to plant and manufacture opium should be severely
punished. This will really be a great, benevolent government policy that will increase the
common weal and get rid of evil. For this, Heaven must support you and the spirits must bring
you good fortune, prolonging your old age and extending your descendants. All will depend on
this act.
As for the barbarian merchants who come to China, their food and drink and habitation, all
received by the gracious favor of our Celestial Court. Their accumulated wealth is all benefit
given with pleasure by our Celestial Court. They spend rather few days in their own country but
more time in Canton. To digest clearly the le gal penalties as an aid to instruction has been a
valid principle in all ages. Suppose a man of another country comes to England to trade, he still
has to obey the English laws; how much more should he obey in China the laws of the Celestial
Now we have set up regulations governing the Chinese people. He who sells opium shall receive
the death penalty and he who smokes it also the death penalty. Now consider this: if the
barbarians do not bring opium, then how can the Chinese people resell it, and how can they
smoke it? The fact is that the wicked barbariians beguile the Ghinese people into a death trap.
How then can we grant life only to these barbarians? He who takes the life of even one person
still has to atone for it with his own life; yet is the harm done by opium limited to the taking of
one life only? Therefore in the new regulations, in regard to those barbarians who bring opium to
China, the penalty is fixed at decapitation or strangulation. This is what is called getting rid a
harmful thing on behalf of mankind. Moreover we have found that in the middle of the second month of this year [April 9] Consul
[Superintendent] Elliot of your nation, because the opium prohibition law was very stern and
severe, petitioned for an extension of the time limit. He requested an estension of five months for
India and its adjacent harbours and related territories, and ten months for England proper, after
which they would act in conformity wi th the new regulations. Now we, the commissioner
and.others, have memorialized and have received the extraordinary Celestial grace of His
Majesty the Emperor, who has redoubled his consideration and compassion. All those who from
the period of the coming one year (from England) or six months (from India) bring opium to
China by mistake, but who voluntarily confess and completely surrender their opium, shall be
exempt from their punishment. After this limit of time, if there are still those who bring opium to
China then they will plainly have committed a wilful violation and shall at once be executed
according to law, with absolutely no clemency or pardon. This may be called the height of
kindness and the perfection of justice.
Our Celestial Dynasty rules over and supervises the myriad states, and surely possesses
unfathomable spiritual dignity. Yet the Emperor cannot cear to execute people without having
first tried to reform them by instruction. Therefore he especialiy prornulgates these fixed
regulations. The barbarian merchants of your country, if they wish to do business for a prolonged
period, are required to obey our statues respectfully and to cut off permanently the source of
opium. They must by no means try to test the effectiveness of the law with their lives. May you,
O King, check your wicked and sift your wicked people before they come to China, in order to
guarantee the peace of your nation, to show further the sincerity of your politeness and
subrnissiveness, and to let the two countries enjoy together the blessings of peace How fortunate,
how fortunate indeed! After receiving this dispatch will you immediately give us a prompt reply
regarding the details and circumstances of your cutting off the opium traffic. be sure not to put
this off. The above is what has to be communicated.
From Ssuyu Teng and John Fairbank, China's Response to the West, (Cambridge MA:
Harvard University Press, 1954), repr. in Mark A. Kishlansky, ed., Sources of World
History, Volume II, (New York: HarperCollins CollegePublishers, 1995), pp. 266-69

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