|The Opium Wars, and Events Preceding |
|Submitted by: Christina Strawser |
|Submitted to: Richard Harnack |
|Course: Cross Cultural Cluster; China |
|Date Submitted: 8/25/2009 |
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The Opium Wars and the years preceding them were difficult times for both Britain and China. Te first issue was that the Qing Dynasty was not open to foreign trade or really any unnecessary contact with the outside world. This isolation likely manifested because of strict dedication to their religious beliefs. They did not want their people influenced by other cultures’ religions for fear of losing dedication of their citizens.
There was only one port for international trade at this time, and it was the port at...