Opium War Essay
There were two Opium Wars. The first one was from 1839-1842. This war was fought between China and Britain. This war was fought over the two not seeing eye to eye on a lot of things. The second Opium War was from 1856-1860. In this war the British forces fought toward the legalization of the Opium trade. The reason they did this was to be able to expand coolie trace, to be able to open all of China to British merchants, and also to be able to expand foreign imports from internat transit duties. This was when France then joined the British. In this essay we are going to cover both of the Opium Wars.
The expansion of European imperialism in Asia was all economic. In the British market there was a high demand for Chinese tea, also …show more content…
“The Opium Wars are rightly named: it was not trade per se but rather unrestricted drug trade by the Western powers, particularly Britain, that precipitated them.” (MIT (2011)).
One lesson that the Opium Was taught was that Opium is a very addictive drug. Opium was also used to make smoking pipes. The British wanted all that they could get no matter what anyone ever said. Just because there is a treaty does not mean that all who are involved in the treaty are going to follow