Opium wars | History homework help

Opium War

Write a two- to three- page paper discussing the origins and outcome of the Opium Wars between Britain and China, explaining all of the following points: 

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  1. The rise of European imperialism in China and why it led to the British importing opium to China.
  2. The Emperor’s reaction to the opium smuggling.
  3. How the war began.
  4. Was it a result of China’s attempt to spoil British trade?
  5. Did the Chinese have a legitimate reason to do this?
  6. The consequences of the Treaty of Nanjing
  7. Some of the lessons that we can take from the history of the Opium Wars.

In order to gain a better understanding of the Opium Wars, listen to the following radio program and review the following multimedia essay:    

  1. BBC Radio 4. (Producer). (2007). The opium wars [Episode in radio show]. In In Our Time. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00776k9
  2. MIT Visualizing Cultures. (2011). The first opium war: The Anglo-Chinese war of 1839 – 1842. Retrieved from http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/opium_wars_01/ow1_essay01.html

You may also wish to watch the following film:

  1. TianXIaWeiGong. (2007, August 7). The opium war [Video]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWzeZ5sNxmk

To undertake the research for this assignment, review the following treaty (primary source) and read the following newspaper article:

  1. Asia for Educators. (n.d.). Excerpts from the treaty of Nanjing, August 1842. Retrieved from http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/ps/china/nanjing.pdf
  2. Watts, P. (2013, June 2). Field of dreams: A remarkable exhibition sheds new light on the dark history of the opium businessThe Independent. Retrieved from http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/field-of-dreams-a-remarkable-exhibition-sheds-new-light-on-the-dark-history-of-the-opium-business-8636861.html

The paper must:

  1. Be two to three pages in length, not including title and reference pages.
  2. Be formatted according to APA style.
  3. Contain at least one quote from the treaty of Nanjing.
  4. Contain one quote from one of the other sources listed.
  5. Cite sources in text and on the reference page.


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