The Opium Wars Book Review by Peter Pen

The Opium Wars
This review of W.Travis Hanes III and Frank Sanello"The Opium Wars":The Addiction and Corruption of two empires gives a detailed analysis of the cultural and international trade dispute between China and Great Britain in the mid 1800s.
# 110451 | 2,014 words | 1 source | APA | 2008
Published on Dec 24, 2008 in History (British)

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This paper describes the cultural collision and international trade dispute between China and Great Britain in the the mid 1800s. The paper explains that both nations were corrupt and were both filled with pride .Each one believed themselves superior to the other and thus led to an important escalation of hostilities which caused the First Opium War.

From the Paper:

""Lord McCartney's mission to open trade in China was abruptly ended when he refused to kowtow to Emperor Qianlong. Neither party respected the other. The Chinese looked upon foreigners as barbarians, and the British struggled to see the Chinese as an equal sovereign nation at best. These primary signs of conflict are emblematic of each nation's intense addiction to power and dominance...
''Britain's addiction to substance came in the form of black tea, imported from China. The British government became economically dependent on tea, as they levied huge import taxes on the product. As China would only accept payment for tea in the form of silver, Britain's silver supply drained quickly. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "The Opium Wars" by Hanes III, W.T. and Snell.F(2002)

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