LION AND THE DRAGON Britain’s Opium Wars with China 1839-1860

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The Opium Wars were two wars in the mid-19th century involving the last imperial dynasty of China and the British Government and concerned their imposition of the lucrative trade of opium upon China. The clashes included the First Opium War (1839–1842), with the British naval forces, and in the Second Opium War (1856–1860) with both British naval and land forces involved.