Opium War

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This conflict not only caused China to suffer major losses at the hands of the British but most importantly a great embarrassment within Chinese society. But the truth is that this war was caused by a fundamental cultural conflict between Britain and China, in which the opium trade was the proverbial straw that broke the camel??s back...
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In many ways, this cultural clash also made the war that much more devastating. This cultural rift started in the Shang dynasty when a sophisticated system of rituals was developed, which led to the belief that China was the center of the Earth and the emperors were the rulers of the world. (Gutherie, Lecture 2)...
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