China's Modern Society During the Term Paper

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The Second Opium War would involve: the contention that the Chinese and the British would have for each other. As the British wanted greater controls of the ports and land routes. Yet, the Chinese felt that the treaty to end the First Opium War was excessive. This resulted, in open hostilities, as the British merchants were seeking exclusive rights to: Chinese markets, the free flow of merchants / missionaries throughout the country and the distinction of most favored nation trading status. This would lead to years of conflict that would last from 1856 to 1860. At which point, the Chinese would grant the British: increased access to seven more ports, monopolistic control of key markets and they agreed to pay them large sums of gold (as reparations for the war). This is important, because the second defeat would add to the overall levels of humiliation, leading to the eventual downfall of the Qing dynasty. ("Chinese History.")

When you step back and analyze both Opium Wars, it is possible that Qing dynasty would have been able to survive modern times. However, the odds of this taking place are small. The reason why, is because the underlying issues of the Opium Wars were: surrounding trade and access to key ports. If these wars did not occur, it would have more than likely meant that similar kinds of conflicts would have taken place. This is because all of the major world powers were competing against one another for: increasing influence and access to the vast markets / natural resources. Over the course of time, this pressure would have meant that some kind of conflict would occur between one of the foreign powers and the government. Therefore, one could effectively argue that Qing dynasty could have survived, but it would have depended upon who they were fighting and the possible outcomes of the war. In this aspect, the odds are low that the government would have been successful in overcoming such challenges. ("Chinese History.")


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