Tea: The Drink That Launched A Thousand Ships Essay

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The teachings of the Chinese philosopher K'ung-fu-tzu, latinized as Confucius by the Europeans, developed into the ethical system which became the official ideology of China until the establishment of the Republic of China in the twentieth century. Confucianism is interested in bettering oneself through the process of moral cultivation. In a nation which upholds Confucianism, each man keeps five core relationships. These form the structure around which the society is framed. They are sovereign-subject, father-son, husband-wife, older brother younger brother, friend- friend. Each of the relationships consists of a role of seniority and one of submissiveness. Confucianism holds that if each member of society keeps to each of their roles and …show more content…
After the trade deficit resulted in the start-up of the opium trade in China, the opium trade became the foundation upon which other foreign merchant and enterprises built their markets. It is worth noting that until the eve the opium war the Chinese could not differentiate between the Dutch and the British, and the Spanish and the Portuguese. In a confrontation between a self-sufficient and self absorbed China and a pushy, well armed Britain, that China eventually conceded to Britain is no surprise. The opium wars and resulting British exploitation of China were inevitable because of the societal ideologies at the time of contact. Britain first imported tea from China in 1684. By 1720 tea was an essential part of British life. At the beginning of British assimilation of tea into British culture, tea was a luxury reserved for the rich, an icon of high status. Tea became a highly profitable commodity in England. Before the (something bill of year) brought down the price of tea tariff rates had reached 100%. It is said that British enterprises could not have survived without the drink. As the price of tea in England was lessening, and the price of meat and beer at the same time was soaring, tea eventually became a staple in the diets of the working class. Bread and tea became the ideal meal. Indeed, by the start of the Neapolitan wars in year, the Chinese tea exports had effectively hooked the entire nation of Britain on

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