World history/WHME102/Modernization and resistance/Opium wars

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Read the below article. As you do so, consider the following questions:

  • What caused the Opium Wars?
  • Who won the Opium Wars?
  • What was the impact of the Opium Wars on China, and on the Qing Dynasty?

Philip Allingham, 'England and China: The Opium Wars, 1839-60', The Victorian Web: Literature, History and Culture in the Age of Victoria, June 2006.

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  • The key to British victory ...

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