The opium wars: the bloody conflicts that destroyed imperial china by sebastien roblin in 1839, england went to war with china because it was upset that chinese officials had shut down its drug. Leslie marchant sees the opium wars as a philosophical clash between two cultures and two notions of government and society leslie marchant | published in history today volume 52 issue 5 may 2002 the anglo-chinese opium wars of 1839-42 and 1856-60, and the later cold war that resulted in the 1876 chefoo convention, were doctrinal in origin. Opium wars, two armed conflicts in china in the mid-19th century between the forces of western countries and of the qing dynasty, which ruled china from 1644 to 1911/12 the first opium war (1839–42) was fought between china and britain, and the second opium war (1856–60), also known as the. Opium wars, two armed conflicts in china in the mid-19th century between the forces of western countries and of the qing dynasty, which ruled china from 1644 to 1911/12 the first opium war (1839–42) was fought between china and britain, and the second opium war (1856–60), also known as the arrow. Introduction the opium wars of 1839 to 1842 and 1856 to 1860 marked a new stage in china’s relations with the west china’s military defeats in these wars forced its rulers to sign treaties opening many ports to foreign trade.
Opium war essay 462 words | 2 pages the opium war was a war fought by two countries great britain and china in 1839 the war was fought over the drug opium which was used by the chinese for hundreds of year to relieve pain opium is a habit forming narcotic made from the poppy plant. The article presents a history of the opium wars in china these were a series of conflicts between the british and chinese empires in the 19th century, during which the british used military power to force the chinese government to allow the sale of british opium to chinese subjects. Slowly the relations between the chinese government and the british became extremely coarse and this led to the second opium war (1856-1857) the successors of the chinese emperor also opposed this illegal trade and fought the british but in vain.
A bargain was then made between china and great britain, in 1907, china agreeing to diminish poppy cultivation year by year for a period of ten years, and great britain agreeing to a proportional decrease in the imports of indian opium. Opium wars, 1839–42 and 1856–60, two wars between china and western countries the first was between great britain and china the first was between great britain and china early in the 19th cent, british merchants began smuggling opium into china in order to balance their purchases of tea for export to britain. Trading between britain and china then abruptly ceased as an impasse was reached first opium war history of britain learn how a trade dispute between britain and china over the import of british opium into china would ultimately lead to war more details history in your inbox. The opium wars were two minor wars fought between china and great britain (primarily) over the opium trade in china they took place during the middle of the 1800s near the end of the qing dynasty some historians consider the opium wars to be the start of the modern era in china.
The british and french again defeated china in a second opium war in 1856 by the terms of the treaty of tientsin (1858) the chinese opened new ports to trading and allowed foreigners with passports to travel in the interior. Clashes between the qing government and british merchants ultimately escalated into the infamous opium wars as a result, the british were given the island of hong kong and trading rights in the ports of canton and shanghai. In 1839, the british routed the chinese junks in the first stages of the opium war when the british sent a military force ashore, the qing emperor sued for peace.
The opium war between britain and china affected both countries it helped britain economy but did the complete opposite to china's after the war, britain obtained hong kong and macau. The opium wars of 1839-42 and 1856-60 between qing-dynasty china and britain are a perfect case study of the international divergence of opinion that the empire continues to generate in china the conflicts – the first between it and a western nation – are a national wound: the start of a western conspiracy to destroy china with drugs and. The opium wars were two wars between china and western countries during the qing dynasty the first was between great britain and china and lasted from 1839 until 1842 the second was from 1856 to 1860 and involved france as well the wars were about many other things than opium.
Imperial twilight the opium war and the end of china’s last golden age by stephen r platt illustrated 556 pp alfred a knopf $35 a century before its finest hour, the british empire went. The opium trade, seventh through nineteenth centuries he anglo-chinese opium wars were the direct result of china's isolationalist and exclusionary trade policy with the west. Politically, before the opium war, china was an independent feudal country, the qing government exercised full sovereignty after the opium war, through the unequal treaties, china's territory, territorial waters, judicial systems, tariff, trade and other sovereignty began to suffer serious damage. The opium wars were a pivotal — and humiliating — juncture in china's history the two armed conflicts, waged over sovereignty, trade and opium almost 180 years ago, pit the richest empire on.