The Opium Wars Contribution To The Creation Of Imperialism

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1. The Opium Wars contributed to the creation of Imperialism greatly. Right before the first war, Chinese leaders were trying to purge themselves of the drug making Europeans upset. They believed they had the right to trade with whomever they wanted which led to fighting. British beat the Chinese and with the Treaty of Nanking got trading privileges, and access to five cities and Hong Kong, controlling trade. After the second war, other countries thought they should have the same rights and economic advantages. By the end of the 19th century, many different countries laid claim to certain industries within China. Leopold II also contributed to the urged a group of his own Belgians to pursue the inlands of Africa because of the fertile valleys. …show more content…
Woodrow Wilson’s fourteen points are about how the Great War should conclude and that they should achieve peace without victory. There should be no more secret agreements and free navigation of all seas. There should be an end to all economic barriers between countries. Countries need to reduce the number of weapons to not appear as a threat. All decisions regarding the colonies should be impartial. This impartiality that was to be exercised shows that he believed that imperialism should not really happen because it is not in the best interest of the other country and that the countries exercising imperialism are only doing it to help their country out and nothing else. In addition, the German Army was to be removed from Russia and they were to be left to develop their own political set-up. Many countries are to return how they were before the war. He believed that each country should be allowed to exercise self-determination or to decide how they want to be governed. He also proposed that there should be a league of nations created to help protect and secure independent states, and they were to try to keep the peace. (Words …show more content…
In his speech, he agreed with almost all of the European countries that the Great War was Germany’s fault. He believe they sought out hostility and were determined to be respected and gain influence through whatever means necessary. He blamed them because everything that they did with their navy and most of their foreign policy led to friction and conflict between them and other nations, and all of Europe was at peace until they wanted to dominate Europe. Even though he placed blame on Germany, he was rather fearful of what would happen post war. This was due mainly because the treaties made at the Peace Conference were more of a punishment to Germany. Because of all of the punishment, Clemenceau was scared that Germany might resent the rest of Europe for all of the stipulations placed on them after the war. He was scared that the resentment might lead to an even bigger conflict down the road. Like Clemenceau, President Woodrow Wilson and his fourteen points agreed that although Germany started the war, it has been nothing but devastating to everyone and both sides should come to a peace agreement without victory. This is because he knew that if there were a winner and a loser, the winner would deal out harsh punishments and not really be fair at keeping peace. He advocated that by not having a winner and a loser there would be equal peace and it will be easier later. With having a winner and a loser, the

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