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British Imperialism: The Opium Wars

Year 9 Histroy


In this program we explore the causes and trajectory of China's Opium Wars, which marked the beginning of the end for the Qing dynasty. At the turn of the nineteenth century, British Imperial trade interactions with China involved tea, silk, porcelain as legitimate commodities, underscored by a lucrative opium smuggling operation. The opium trade had repercussions for the future of both empires.


History Channel