Essay on Opium Wars

1691 Words Nov 5th, 2008 7 Pages
Drugs have been around for hundreds of years and it modifies normal body functions depending on the drug. During the 19th century, the Chinese had become a victim under the dangerous drug of Opium. When opium was first introduce in China it was like any other drug, addictive and harmful to the human body but the Chinese weren’t aware of the opium negative effects. Opium the narcotic drug is derived of from immature seed pods of poppy plants. Opium was used for pain relieving, it was one of the first drugs able to relieve pain before morphine was invented, and morphine is safer drug then opium and they both came from the same plant. Before the opium war, foreign trade to Western countries was limited and strictly controlled by the …show more content…
“War is the parent of armies; from these precede debts and taxes … known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” (Kruger, 175). Madison made a strong point of how important it is to maintain an army but it will gain huge deficits for the army needing tax and building debts but also without armies you can’t preserve freedom. The economic effects of the Opium war benefits both sides, England prospering off China’s tea and its trade and introducing China into foreign trade. Though Chinese are humiliated on their methods of spending during the Opium wars, they learn from their mistakes of misuse spending and slowly adopting into western culture after the Opium wars. Chinese citizen’s shows concern over their own government failing to keep Chinese society stable during Opium wars. It’s embarrassing when the Chinese government is lost and scared of the English government during the Opium wars. Before the Opium War, the Chinese thought European countries were very barbaric. After the Opium War, China intellectually discovered the West, accepted the West and start adapting to Western Culture. Britain was trying to take control over China’s government but failed miserably, China surprisingly did manage to fend off England diplomats from a government takeover unlike countries like India which easily let any invading government to take over a country with ease. But it’s

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