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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. 00:30 What Western European powers had imperial control in East Asia in the nineteenth century, and what regions did they control?
  2. 01:12 What problem did Britain have with China?
  3. 01:32 How did the British deal with their trade problem?
  4. 01:52 What did the Qing Dynasty rulers do in reaction to the flow of Opium? How did the British react?
  5. 02:54 What concessions were the British able to extract from the Chinese?
  6. 03:52 What impact did the Opium Wars have on Japan?