Opium war

— Please write a five page paper to discussion one of the following topics.

— Your paper must be typed, double-spaced, in Times New Roman font size 12, with 1″ margins.

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— You are expected to use a minimum of four primary sources (documents) for your paper.

— Please DO NOT use materials not assigned in this class.

Opinions differ on the cause and purpose of the Opium War.  Some argue that it was about the trading of opium, and some believe that Britain was justified to defend its traders and force the Qing to open to international trade.  Please use the documents in Documents Chapter 2 to make an argument on the case: What do you think the Opium War was about?  Why?  You can also use the documents on the Second Opium War in Documents Chapter 4 if you find these helpful.