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Opium Wars (5:44)

Key Ideas

As this video progresses, key ideas will be introduced to invoke discussion.

Key Ideas

Think about the following questions as you watch the video

  1. 01:08 What was the Chinese-European balance of trade problem in the early nineteenth century?
  2. 01:30 What product did the British find to solve this balance of trade problem?
  3. 01:52 What did the Qing Dynasty rulers do in reaction to the flow of opium? How did the British react?
  4. 02:36 What concessions did the British extract from China following the First Opium War?
  5. 03:33 How did the Opium Wars affect the Taiping Rebellion?
  6. 05:44 William Gladstone was a reformer in this period. How did he feel about the First Opium War?