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Why Did Britain Get China Addicted To Opium? | Empires of Silver | Absolute History

  • čas přidán 20. 02. 2024
  • It's hard to believe but silver was at one time worth more than gold. China used silver as their currency and the West had to pay in silver for Chinese goods. This angered the British and so they sought a commodity that the Chinese would be forced to buy. China did not covet any goods that the West had except one: Opium.
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  • @philiprobinson3160
    @philiprobinson3160 Před 2 měsíci +63

    Makes me wonder if China's role in the fentanyl manufacture and America's problem with fentanyl is a form of payback/learning from the past.

    • @sisofphil
      @sisofphil Před 2 měsíci +7


    • @chriscarrol9373
      @chriscarrol9373 Před 2 měsíci +4

      You just figured that out now?

    • @philiprobinson3160
      @philiprobinson3160 Před 2 měsíci +3

      @@chriscarrol9373 yes!

    • @treedillon
      @treedillon Před 2 měsíci +2

      It was the raw material for manufacturing fentanyl, and exported to Mexico. As for what Americans wanted to use these, they decided. Of course, I hope they can sell the finished products directly.

    • @wenliu9571
      @wenliu9571 Před 2 měsíci +7

      Raw materials are exported to many countries. Why is it that only Americans snack on drugs?

  • @tilunet76
    @tilunet76 Před 2 měsíci +45

    In french, still today, the word for money is "argent", wich means silver. Now I know why. Wonderful series.

    • @sofiaponte7993
      @sofiaponte7993 Před 22 dny +1

      It comes from Latin. In Latin money and silver had the same name, argentum

    • @strexpills
      @strexpills Před 6 dny +1

      in romania means also the same and its spelled argint

    • @LorelleCaimyth
      @LorelleCaimyth Před dnem

      Same in the Irish language, Gaeilge, money is 'airgead'

  • @jonnyqwst
    @jonnyqwst Před 2 měsíci +105

    I spent several months in china in the late eighties, my first wife was Chinese. Almost no one in the west has any idea the degree to which china today and since the 19th century have been waiting for revenge for being beaten and exploited. It’s a huge motivation in chinas rise.

    • @S0ulinth3machin3
      @S0ulinth3machin3 Před 2 měsíci +37

      I am of Chinese descent. I do not feel that way, however, my forebears do. I agree with you. I also feel like theirs (my forebears as well as China itself) is not an enlightened outlook. Such motivations perpetuate an endless cycle of violence and revenge.

    • @theolich4384
      @theolich4384 Před 2 měsíci

      ​@@S0ulinth3machin3 It's easy for the offender to preach "enlightenment", tsk, until they become the victim. The west had NOT been leading with example. Shall we not retaliate when 9/11 struck, cause violence and revenge maybe endless? Oy, there can be exception when WE do it! Boots on Ukrainian soil? Why didn't you chant Matthew 5:39 and have them turn the other cheek to the Russians, so that they can attain the enlightened outlook? FFS.

    • @byakuya3603
      @byakuya3603 Před 2 měsíci +41

      Please don’t use hateful language to describe the Chinese people. The Chinese people regard the history from 1800 to 1950 as a “humiliating history”, which made them realize that being weak would lead to destruction and enslavement. But there is also a famous saying in China: “Because I have been rained on, I want to hold an umbrella for others”. Historically, China has never initiated a war against other countries. We should not impose the Western imperialist value of “the strong should colonize other countries” on China.

    • @S0ulinth3machin3
      @S0ulinth3machin3 Před 2 měsíci +33

      ​@@byakuya3603 no one used any hateful language. That's one of the problems with Asian face culture: any sort of criticism, no matter how mild or constructive, is seen as "hate".
      The reason that's an impediment is: without criticism, you don't know your weaknesses, without understanding your weaknesses, you can never improve. When I speak of Asian face culture, it's not just China. It's nearly all of Asia. The thing about needing to save face prevents its practitioners from fully recognizing reality. The reality is: no one is perfect. Human beings are flawed.

    • @byakuya3603
      @byakuya3603 Před 2 měsíci +5

      @@S0ulinth3machin3 yes,you are really true

  • @Seven-ld9zv
    @Seven-ld9zv Před 2 měsíci +183

    This is an amazing documentary series about a topic that's almost forgotten in modern Western societies. I do feel like it still minimized the involvement of Britain, France and Japan in the destruction of the Qing empire. It remarkably leaves out what the British did to Puyi; the last emperor of the Qing, it leaves out the Japanese invasion of China and massacres at Nanjing, Shanghai and other places.

    • @NazriB
      @NazriB Před 2 měsíci +3

      Lies again? Olympic Medals Higher Chinese

    • @Pepe-dq2ib
      @Pepe-dq2ib Před 2 měsíci

      Most of those events had nothing to do with China's silver or opium. You could have a documentary about Chinas history with manchu or mongol invasion and some chinese will complain, "why did you leave out the opium and unit 731".

    • @Rorschachqp
      @Rorschachqp Před 2 měsíci +2

      It’s remembered in many movies.

    • @r2dxhate
      @r2dxhate Před 2 měsíci

      I agree that there has been an independent white washing of history from every perspective globally, but there's also a lot of Chinese propaganda trying to re-write history. The 9 dash line for instance. We need to be skeptical of all claims, and practice critical thinking.

    • @adrianseanheidmann4559
      @adrianseanheidmann4559 Před 2 měsíci +13

      @@NazriB Are YOU high??

  • @Sleigh
    @Sleigh Před 2 měsíci +34

    Shedding light on a key factor in modern history ❤

  • @diegoknyte
    @diegoknyte Před 2 měsíci +22

    An example of how the brita of that time just had to take and take and take, looting and pillaging. And the artifacts? Of course, STILL in a british museum… not the first countey they did this to. How luch India property is in Brit museums.
    “We’re saving it from themselves..” i’v heard. It’s THEIRS to do with what they please.

    • @atodaso1668
      @atodaso1668 Před měsícem +1

      Are you aware that all Tiananmen square murals and memorials have been removed in China? They have made it so it was like it never happened, the kids are not taught about it in school anymore. I worked with a guy that was there when the army opened fire into crowds of students. Are you aware how many historical items have been destroyed? All it takes is a new group to rise up and destroy all the artifacts, it happens still to this day.

  • @sicks6six
    @sicks6six Před 2 měsíci +4

    Great documentary and with all the documentaries from this channel its a notch up on everyone else.🎉

  • @CryptoX-kr3wu
    @CryptoX-kr3wu Před 2 měsíci +23

    China has never forgotten this period in history when it was bullied by the West and its sovereignty was trampled on. Scholars would argue that’s part of the reason why China has risen to world superpower status in such a short amount of time.

  • @blehblahbla
    @blehblahbla Před 2 měsíci +2

    Great series. Learned a lot. Thanks.

  • @hmj1116
    @hmj1116 Před 6 dny +2

    My dad was addicted to opium at China when he ran out of money he committed suicide .

  • @terryboehler5752
    @terryboehler5752 Před 2 měsíci +2

    China wanted silver for their tea. The British said "no, we're going to introduce an addiction which will allow us to trade opium for tea.

  • @youknowmyname9915
    @youknowmyname9915 Před 2 měsíci +10

    Unexpected Wilhelm scream at 24:55 🤣

  • @justayoutuber1906
    @justayoutuber1906 Před 2 měsíci +12

    Film production used to use up a lot of silver. Kodak went through tons per month.

  • @suburbanhoosier4791
    @suburbanhoosier4791 Před 2 měsíci +45

    A very educational video! The title is a little misleading though, i feel like this video was mostly about Chinese Silver and trade, not about Opium so much.

    • @lm6754
      @lm6754 Před 2 měsíci +3

      Yes, thank you!

    • @HuxleyCrimson
      @HuxleyCrimson Před 2 měsíci

      It is called click baiting. And it is purposefully and carefully crafted to this intent, to gain attraction. Just a wee bit deceptive, but the content is great though, so, forgiven.

    • @tylerpentecost9669
      @tylerpentecost9669 Před 2 měsíci +7

      ​@@HuxleyCrimsonYou aren't wrong about that, but the video made a pretty compelling case that access to Chinese silver from the silver trade *was* the reason for selling opium to China. They needed a product that the Chinese would trade their silver away for, and opium is highly addictive.

    • @georgevivaldi
      @georgevivaldi Před 2 měsíci +3

      That's the thing, the British caused a massive epidemic of heroin addiction in China just to balance their silver trade with the Qing. Just think about how callous you'd have to be to, fully aware of the consequences, shove one of the most addictive substances known down the throats of a populace. All of it to make India profitable as a colony and also balance the trade deficit.

    • @mohdfahmi8841
      @mohdfahmi8841 Před 2 měsíci


  • @OldDunollieman
    @OldDunollieman Před 2 měsíci +48

    Another brilliant episode. It is no wonder that China views the West with suspicion..

    • @bibsp3556
      @bibsp3556 Před 2 měsíci +6

      Not as much as China views the Chinese with suspicion

    • @timothy2935
      @timothy2935 Před 2 měsíci +5

      "Jealousy " there fixed it

    • @under_my_over_responsiblity
      @under_my_over_responsiblity Před 2 měsíci

      Recent history shows very citizen views its government with suspicion @bibsp3556

    • @ireneusjustinpolicarp8628
      @ireneusjustinpolicarp8628 Před 2 měsíci +4

      @@timothy2935 Too tame. Let’s go with envy.

    • @jackychen5578
      @jackychen5578 Před 2 měsíci


  • @CallMeByMyMatingName
    @CallMeByMyMatingName Před 2 měsíci +21

    Very well produced documentary.
    I really appreciate voice-over translation when someone speaks a different language. It helps greatly with maintaining the flow and consistency, and allows one to not have to read the spoken words in a video... I wish this video had incorporated that.

    • @Alphoric
      @Alphoric Před 2 měsíci +2

      Ok 👍 this is CZcams that’s not a possibility and that just costs money. Not everything in this world is designed for you

    • @Phyto.
      @Phyto. Před 2 měsíci

      Most American comment I've read in ages. Just say you are too lazy to read and get on with it.

    • @bill4056
      @bill4056 Před 2 měsíci +1

      It gives more credibility to this video if the person interviewed speak what she said originally

    • @ericmunene8521
      @ericmunene8521 Před 2 měsíci +1

      It really helps for those who listen to these educational movies while working.

  • @digitalnomad5643
    @digitalnomad5643 Před 2 měsíci +190

    Brilliant presentation of Chinese history that explains why present day China remains hell-bent on modernizing itself.

    • @iggy5347
      @iggy5347 Před 2 měsíci

      No. China needs to be careful with the liberal democracy. Its creates chaos between left and right like in the US. The US is becoming china 1900 with forever war and high debt . And with US weak gov the fentanyl crisis is out of control

    • @snuscaboose1942
      @snuscaboose1942 Před 2 měsíci

      If it was modernizing why turn to backwards to Communism? Communism always leads to corruption, ethno-Nationalism, conflict and suffering.

    • @natenope7258
      @natenope7258 Před 2 měsíci

      * and flooding us with fentanyl

    • @frankhill4358
      @frankhill4358 Před 2 měsíci +8

      Huh?? Have you seen Shenzhen or Shanghai? China has and is modernizing itself although they do it under the Chinese system

    • @jnev5572
      @jnev5572 Před 2 měsíci +9

      ​@@frankhill4358generational trauma is a helluva thing

  • @Guvnor6
    @Guvnor6 Před 2 měsíci +31

    In every chinese household they're reminded of the 8 allied nations stealing and invading China lest they forget

    • @Chunkballfairy
      @Chunkballfairy Před 2 měsíci

      I hope they are also reminded of Chinese stealing and invading Korea Korea and a dozen other countries for 300 years prior to this. The Chinese were not peaceful victims they were big bullies that met a bigger bully

    • @atodaso1668
      @atodaso1668 Před měsícem +2

      But they are not taught about Tiananmen square where the army massacred protesting students.

    • @here_we_go_again2571
      @here_we_go_again2571 Před 29 dny +1

      Mao is still lionized
      Xi appears to be
      trying to imitate him.

    • @dtbetter2277
      @dtbetter2277 Před 8 dny

      @@atodaso1668 CIA....don't be naive...it's been the play book of the west...since the Spanish and UK colonization of the world...blame the CIA agents in using the students and in turn they are the murders in Tiananmen sq.

  • @areuokay4984
    @areuokay4984 Před 2 měsíci +4

    The silver part was extraordinary

  • @orlaighsinead
    @orlaighsinead Před měsícem

    I learned so much, thanks for the insight. Well done.

  • @rdatta
    @rdatta Před 2 měsíci +62

    This is one of the finest documentaries in this space. Many others cover the Opium Wars and aftermath but the discussion here of the eye-watering amounts of the reparations, the predation by western powers and Japan is astounding. This subject deserves to be better known.

    • @Phyto.
      @Phyto. Před 2 měsíci +4

      The previous part of this docuseries dealt with the opium wars.

    • @AnhNguyen-hn9vj
      @AnhNguyen-hn9vj Před 2 měsíci

      It is one gigantic drug cartel spread to many western powers. The most scary thing is they have infiltrate the government and the military. Just scary to think how big this cartel is in modern day. I think there is a reason why Japan attack the American harbor. The drug cartel in America may want to interfere with the Japanese occupation in China. There is why u keep hearing on the news about American interest. No body knows for sure if it is the drug cartel interest.

    • @butterflystampede1945
      @butterflystampede1945 Před měsícem

      We know enough about how you treat anyone who is not Han chinese

    • @dtbetter2277
      @dtbetter2277 Před 8 dny

      China how not even gotten .01 back from what was stolen from her by Japan and the Western Powers...dangerous time now in the SCS and Taiwan straits....

  • @jayarajmaduturi3514
    @jayarajmaduturi3514 Před 2 měsíci +42

    Fun fact :The Opium Wars primarily involved British trade with China, However the British did play a significant role in the Indian tea trade. In the 19th century, the British East India Company controlled India and sought to establish a profitable tea industry. They promoted tea cultivation in India as an alternative to Chinese tea, which had become expensive due to increased demand.

    • @phouance2673
      @phouance2673 Před 2 měsíci +4

      just like today US want to trans the supply chain to india😅

    • @roro4787
      @roro4787 Před 2 měsíci +8

      @@phouance2673 I hope India and China work together to solve problems than repeating history

    • @bill4056
      @bill4056 Před 2 měsíci

      And India's pm Modi is becoming a puppet again of the BRITISH.History repeat itself.

    • @r2dxhate
      @r2dxhate Před 2 měsíci

      There was also more than one East India Trading Company.

    • @bill4056
      @bill4056 Před 2 měsíci +5

      The owner of Hongkong and Shanghai Bank is also British, an Original owners of OPIUM. One of the Surname is Forbes, They are billionaires now because of the opium they had sold to chinese.

  • @user-martinpd
    @user-martinpd Před 2 měsíci +5

    I like the statement about people looking at steamships and thinking they ran on fire. When people look at clouds they think they are looking at a question waiting for an answer instead of a fluid acting in a certain way, with certain colors, in a larger fluid.

  • @JayDylanHistory
    @JayDylanHistory Před 2 měsíci +5

    Ireland played a massive role in the British Empire too. I did a video on it

  • @RedRomanov
    @RedRomanov Před 2 měsíci +16

    And of course it won't be a history video without a hidden Wilhelm scream

  • @UndaCuvaChikin
    @UndaCuvaChikin Před 2 měsíci +11

    Man, I love this channel. The documentaries are so damn good.

  • @wenliu9571
    @wenliu9571 Před 2 měsíci +3

    Chinese people have always used gold, silver and copper as currency, and iron coins have been used in some periods. The problem was that gold was so rare that copper became a supplement at first, and then copper became common and cheap, and silver became the mainstream. By the middle of the Ming Dynasty, the growth of the population and the prosperity of the country led to a shortage of silver until the Qing Dynasty, when a large amount of silver was earned from trade with Western colonists, and then new problems emerged.

  • @laurenlance8960
    @laurenlance8960 Před 2 měsíci +21

    So the Americans dumped the tea purchased with opium into the ocean and the Chinese dumped the opium used to buy the tea into the river. Classic.

    • @byakuya3603
      @byakuya3603 Před 2 měsíci +5

      In fact, China’s destruction of opium was done by reacting it with caustic soda (NAOH), not by dumping it into the river, because that would cause people who drink the river water to get addicted.

    • @sicks6six
      @sicks6six Před 2 měsíci +1

      Happy to have been a fish back then 😂

    • @adrianseanheidmann4559
      @adrianseanheidmann4559 Před 2 měsíci +1

      @@byakuya3603 you don't get a addicted from drinking a tad bit of opium infested water mate.

    • @bigboss-tl2xr
      @bigboss-tl2xr Před měsícem

      ​@@adrianseanheidmann4559Right!? You gotta drink a BIG glass every day for a few weeks....

  • @postscript5549
    @postscript5549 Před 2 měsíci +4

    I enjoyed the first forty minutes of this podcast. I will return to see more of this interesting and educational video. Thank you.

    • @bill4056
      @bill4056 Před 2 měsíci

      I subscribed to this Channel absolute History. Ni e video

  • @davidhill1634
    @davidhill1634 Před 2 měsíci +2

    Send this documentary to the state department

  • @Waiting_To_Retire
    @Waiting_To_Retire Před 2 měsíci +6

    Riveting. Loved it.

  • @generalofgermany4385
    @generalofgermany4385 Před 2 měsíci

    Hey guys, I absolutely love this series of documemtaries and I noticed that parts of the movie "The Opium War" are used. There also seems to be another movie about the second opium war used in this documentary but I cannot find it. Do any of you know what this other movie is called and where I could watch it?
    Thanks in advance :)

  • @dunkleosteus430
    @dunkleosteus430 Před 2 měsíci

    I love this series.

  • @barbaracrain2975
    @barbaracrain2975 Před 2 měsíci

    Great information

  • @youngsixty7395
    @youngsixty7395 Před 2 měsíci +119

    The fact that we get free documentaries on CZcams by Absolute History is truly a gift. 👏👏👏
    May I also remind you the fact that our Native American population in our motherland, the Continent of America before the European Colonizers arrived, was around 15 millions, while the European population in their motherland, the Continent of Europe was around 25 millions.
    Today, Native American population is 15 million, while the European population, in the Continents of America + Europe, is a staggering TWO BILLION! A shocking sad truth. 😔
    In my humble opinion, it's about time to decolonize the Colonized lands, and return it to rightful owners Native American people.
    Notorious global cardinal crimes the Christian West has committed, and benefited a great deals, such as Slavery & Colonialism had long been over, why on earth is notorious Colonization still lingering on, may I ask? 😔

    • @olefella7561
      @olefella7561 Před 2 měsíci +34

      It's a gift.

    • @michaeltownsend4644
      @michaeltownsend4644 Před 2 měsíci +33

      Exactly. Haven’t bothered with tv in jonks. The quality of some of these documentaries is extraordinary!! Would be fascinating to watch a thoroughly well researched and objective documentary on the decline of Southern Africa. Sadly it is still playing out so I guess we will have to wait a little longer to see how it plays out. The rise of modern China duplicated in Africa would be good. Just don’t hold your breath.

    • @miraeja
      @miraeja Před 2 měsíci

      @@michaeltownsend4644absolutely!! Imagine watching tv 😂

    • @TheBillaro
      @TheBillaro Před 2 měsíci +31

      the fact that most of it is wrong is worrying

    • @mohdfahmi8841
      @mohdfahmi8841 Před 2 měsíci

      // ;;//;//..;;//.

  • @noreply-7069
    @noreply-7069 Před 2 měsíci +1

    14:17 That air looks so disgusting. So much smog.

  • @droopypie
    @droopypie Před 2 měsíci +12

    "Love of money is a root of all evil."

  • @GSteel-rh9iu
    @GSteel-rh9iu Před 2 měsíci +6

    These are exquisitely produced documentaries on a fascinating time in History. However they shape the narrative so it is not very clear to what extent colonialism harmed people in India and China. In stark terms over the period 1769 - 1945 over a 100million people in India died from famines caused by colonial food export systems.

  • @equarg
    @equarg Před 2 měsíci +1

    Dang. Fascinating 3 part series!
    Learned more listening (at work) then I ever did and in school

  • @lukepollard6498
    @lukepollard6498 Před 2 měsíci +1

    Can someone please link me to the sequal?

  • @mattbonanza9032
    @mattbonanza9032 Před 2 měsíci +2

    My teacher was right, history is the mother of the future 🙈. Never the same, but similarity is astonishing...

  • @thunderK5
    @thunderK5 Před 2 měsíci +9

    HSBC: Even worse than you thought.

  • @LS1056
    @LS1056 Před 2 měsíci +13

    I would highly recommend everyone to check out Kings and General podcast, they covered this period and a deeper dive. This is wonderful!

  • @NicholasKuhne
    @NicholasKuhne Před měsícem

    Excellent storytelling.

  • @patrickllt
    @patrickllt Před 2 měsíci +4

    This is just 1 of the many reasons China has rapidly modernised its military.

  • @gregcooks-qr9wk
    @gregcooks-qr9wk Před 2 měsíci +1

    The shipping company was P&O

  • @ethanf.6848
    @ethanf.6848 Před 2 měsíci

    In every setback, there is a valuable lesson to be learnt.

  • @litneyloxan
    @litneyloxan Před 2 měsíci +3

    Mans on the left in the thumbnail looks like Mr Bean. Good luck unseeing it.

  • @thelastbison2241
    @thelastbison2241 Před 2 měsíci +13

    Amazing how a handful of people can drive history; always has been the case.

    • @fredm.2699
      @fredm.2699 Před měsícem

      Now do you see why when people say Jews run the world it’s anti semiotic? Why? Because none of the people mentioned here are Jews. Anyone can rule the world if they care to work that hard.

  • @thnwgrl
    @thnwgrl Před 2 měsíci

    Empires of silver....as I'm in the middle of reading RF Kuang's Babel, this title brings the chills

  • @user-po7xn8ri7r
    @user-po7xn8ri7r Před 2 měsíci +2

    Can anyone inform if the lord Elgin that burned the summer palace was the same that destroyed the Parthenon in Greece?

    • @Untapped8819
      @Untapped8819 Před měsícem

      The one that took the marbles from the Parthenon was the father of the one who destroyed the summer palace.... family tradition maybe?? 😬😳

  • @Jason-mg2vj
    @Jason-mg2vj Před 2 měsíci +2

    You already uploaded this video with a different title?

  • @cjason123
    @cjason123 Před 2 měsíci

    3000 to set fire to 1 palace? That's nuts

  • @capoislamort100
    @capoislamort100 Před 2 měsíci +3

    The Brits couldn’t conquer china though, they got India, but not old china.

  • @eugenearyee5309
    @eugenearyee5309 Před 2 měsíci +6

    Man I myself I’m addicted to opium , shout out carti

    • @Alsatiagent
      @Alsatiagent Před 2 měsíci +2

      It's a lot less destructive than synthetic heroin. Highly addictive, yes, but not nearly as dangerous as fentanyl or oxy.

    • @SEDATEDSlothRecords6083
      @SEDATEDSlothRecords6083 Před 2 měsíci +2

      Im self recovering from firstly oxy and now have morphin to supplement which is much better. Having traditional opium more available would be nice. But Im quiting it slowly by now

    • @colleenpeck6347
      @colleenpeck6347 Před 2 měsíci +1

      ​@@SEDATEDSlothRecords6083 Morphine is addictive also. Try Tramadol it isn't addictive when taken AS DIRECTED!

    • @bigboss-tl2xr
      @bigboss-tl2xr Před měsícem

      ​@@SEDATEDSlothRecords6083Easy to grow🤷🏼‍♂️

  • @Willys-Wagon
    @Willys-Wagon Před 2 měsíci +8

    You know being able to print dollars is infinitely better.

    • @UnimportantAcc
      @UnimportantAcc Před 2 měsíci +1

      Having the entire world reliant on your own made-up currency certainly has its benefits 😌

  • @Ashley-vs8nu
    @Ashley-vs8nu Před 2 měsíci +53

    Ahh British hostility--a tale as old as time

    • @paulomartins1008
      @paulomartins1008 Před 2 měsíci

      The brits aren't as old as time... lmao

    • @Ashley-vs8nu
      @Ashley-vs8nu Před 2 měsíci +15

      ​@@paulomartins1008 nuance is an art

    • @gregbors8364
      @gregbors8364 Před 2 měsíci +1

      “Now let’s all honor the men who died to keep China British.”
      - John Cleese, “The Meaning of Life”

    • @rapier1954
      @rapier1954 Před 2 měsíci

      @@Ashley-vs8nu Quit trying to sound smart people like you the way you are.

    • @iainreid6292
      @iainreid6292 Před 2 měsíci

      @@rapier1954 Shut it Yank.

  • @drakenkraken8455
    @drakenkraken8455 Před 2 měsíci

    21:28 Sheesh .. Look at the smog

  • @DavidVeitch54
    @DavidVeitch54 Před 2 měsíci

    TOPCON is going to use a huge amount of silver in its next generation solar panels and probably why physical silver prices are being depressed. Fabulous story about the centrality of silver in civilizations rises and falls and to be continued.

  • @robertvandriest-harrington3651
    @robertvandriest-harrington3651 Před 2 měsíci +1

    My Mother's family [the Harringtons] as a Upperclass family made one of their financial killings during the Opium Wars!

  • @DuyPham-xd8lp
    @DuyPham-xd8lp Před 2 měsíci +7

    China being synonymous with quality silver feels just so weird

  • @redrooster626
    @redrooster626 Před 2 měsíci

    The aspect of silver is interesting to learn, did not know much about this part of China's history.

    • @nelumkalachuchi1154
      @nelumkalachuchi1154 Před měsícem

      Chinese Qing were perfect, it was victim of everything. All problems in China, corruption, poverty, were created by foreigners. That is the education which works well for hate

  • @martinphilip8998
    @martinphilip8998 Před 2 měsíci +8

    Elgin’s family is also associated with theft of marble statuary of the Parthenon.

    • @maralfniqle5092
      @maralfniqle5092 Před 2 měsíci

      They plundered every country they went into

    • @revolutionaryhamburger
      @revolutionaryhamburger Před 2 měsíci +2

      Not just Elgin. In 1687, during the Venetian siege of the Acropolis, Moslem Turks were using the pagan Parthenon as a store for gunpowder. This was ignited. The explosion blew out the heart of the building, destroying the roof, shattering the statuary and pulverizing parts of the walls and knocking down the colonnade. Wonder what was left to loot.

    • @martinphilip8998
      @martinphilip8998 Před 2 měsíci

      @@revolutionaryhamburger When you watch the British version of Antiques Roadshow they will sometimes analyze something they found in the garden. Sometimes this is loot from the destruction of the summer palace. The French had the dirtiest hands in this attack on culture.

  • @user-wp5no6cn2b
    @user-wp5no6cn2b Před 2 měsíci

    56:30 Nap? Oh please. It was knocked into a coma

  • @strangevisions5162
    @strangevisions5162 Před 12 dny

    55:29 "There are a total of 3,092 operating coal-fired power plant units in China. As of January 2023, the province of Shandong, which lies to the south of Beijing, houses the greatest number of coal power plants, at over 400 units"
    "In the first half of 2023, construction was started on 37 gigawatts (GW) of new coal power capacity, 52 GW was permitted, while 41 GW of new projects were announced and 8 GW of previously shelved projects were revived
    152 GW has been permitted and 169 GW announced since the start of the current spree in early 2022. This means that China is accelerating the additions of new coal power capacity during the current five-year plan period (2021-25) compared to either of the preceding two five-year plan periods.
    China now has 243 GW of coal power under construction and permitted. When projects currently announced or in the preparation stage but not yet permitted are included, this number rises to 392 GW. This means that coal power capacity could increase by 23% to 33% from 2022 levels, "
    Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), 2024

  • @HistoryOfRevolutions
    @HistoryOfRevolutions Před měsícem

    "Being foolish and having too much wealth will increase your faults"
    - Lin Zexu (林則徐)

  • @user-yq3kb4rt3l
    @user-yq3kb4rt3l Před 2 měsíci +11

    Now i understand why the West was fermenting troubles inside Hong kong.

    • @atodaso1668
      @atodaso1668 Před měsícem +1

      Free Hong Kong

    • @user-yq3kb4rt3l
      @user-yq3kb4rt3l Před měsícem

      Hk is free now. No More trash can rule like a master race @@atodaso1668

  • @Mimi-up5ro
    @Mimi-up5ro Před měsícem

    You can create the same design now and people would still freak out, I think. History, but modern.

  • @pault.5434
    @pault.5434 Před 2 měsíci +3

    I learned a lot about commercials!

  • @youarebeingtrolled6954
    @youarebeingtrolled6954 Před 2 měsíci

    Brought the Tea

  • @johnmichaelkarma
    @johnmichaelkarma Před 2 měsíci +7

    her very last words- "those who cannot learn from the story of silver will forced to pay the price" YES! The run-up in silver and gold has begun and it will make 76'-80' look very tame in comparison.

  • @janwong9437
    @janwong9437 Před 2 měsíci

    The music is way too loud

  • @inkstain84
    @inkstain84 Před 2 měsíci +39

    Interesting how literally none of this is taught in US history.

    • @but_at_what_cost
      @but_at_what_cost Před 2 měsíci +5


    • @efnefgedhg139
      @efnefgedhg139 Před 2 měsíci +1

      in white people history.

    • @adrianseanheidmann4559
      @adrianseanheidmann4559 Před 2 měsíci

      We learn like a tiny bit about it in German history classes, but just because Germny had the Tsingtao colony.

    • @Chunkballfairy
      @Chunkballfairy Před 2 měsíci

      @@but_at_what_costit’s hilarious how we’re supposed to feel bad for china because they got colonized while ignoring the fact that they were colonizing Korea , Taiwan, Myanmar and Tibet like they got a taste of their own medicine and now we should all be sad.

    • @enilacenilac6168
      @enilacenilac6168 Před 2 měsíci +1

      Too young you only focus on USA😅

  • @Nebelkorona
    @Nebelkorona Před 2 měsíci

    Odd to see a documentary claim that "Boxers" were what they called themselves, not the The Righteous and Harmonious Fists...

  • @axandio
    @axandio Před měsícem

    Great history on the last few centuries of China but the OPIUM issue was only briefly touched upon... I feel it was clickbait... but nevertheless I watched it and enjoyed it, however it detailed SILVER way more than OPIUM.

  • @RDA000
    @RDA000 Před 2 měsíci +1

    Wonder if there's some 100 year old chinese dude out there that misses that quality British Opium.

  • @anticat900
    @anticat900 Před měsícem

    I didn't know how wealthy Chinese traders were at the time. Probably the richest people in the world. They were worldly wise too, funding and transferring cheap Chinese labour to the US to build the railway network.

  • @hotstepper887
    @hotstepper887 Před 2 měsíci +1

    Lord Elgin was a Scot.

  • @cathleenweston3541
    @cathleenweston3541 Před 2 měsíci +40

    And that is Why we have a FENTANYL problem. Exactly this. China never forgets.

    • @HDsharp
      @HDsharp Před 2 měsíci

      That's nonsense. China isn't pushing no illegal drugs. It's the cartels that's shipping them to the US. China just produces them. If they don't, India will be the only produces.

    • @wolfu597
      @wolfu597 Před 2 měsíci +1

      If that's the case, why is it directed at the US, and not Britain? US involvement in the opium trade was much smaller than that of the Britain, so shouldn't it be directed towards the UK?
      Also in 2020, China unleashed a virus that killed 6 million world wide, while causing immense economic damage, not just to the Western countries, but even more so at home. The world will never forget the crimes of the CCP.

    • @threewishes777
      @threewishes777 Před 2 měsíci

      It kills 100k people in usa? Out of 331 million Americans

    • @Crew2.Hellcats
      @Crew2.Hellcats Před 2 měsíci +4

      Holly shit U right there

    • @joedirt3449
      @joedirt3449 Před 2 měsíci +3

      They love you long time

  • @WillieFungo
    @WillieFungo Před 2 měsíci +1

    Empress Dowager Cixi and her son doomed them. If prince Gong had more power, they might have been in a better position.

  • @OhAwe
    @OhAwe Před 2 měsíci +1

    It's a bit stink it's blamed on "the British".
    Yes, it was. In the same way as it was the Indians and Chinese that also worked for "the British".
    In reality it was a relative handful of families, a number of which are still around in power today. They are the ones who benefit from the rest of the nation taking the blame for them.

  • @myousickoflife
    @myousickoflife Před měsícem

    Its crazy how late the gold standard was introduced I thought we were using gold for thousands of years but it must have just been in small amounts...

  • @anticat900
    @anticat900 Před měsícem +1

    A low point in British history, but not only the British, but nearly every western country that had access to China at the time. Yes it was a different time with a different mortality and Western ego's, but they knew what they were doing was wrong and their governments knew too. People did however speak out about it but it only really stopped once finance, banking and trade in new Hong Kong was found to be even more profitable.

  • @imfirstatachaijr.johnner4240
    @imfirstatachaijr.johnner4240 Před měsícem +1

    Bet they never covered this story in their schools, huh?🤣

  • @canman5060
    @canman5060 Před 2 měsíci +3

    British has a far superior quality opium compare to the local production and at a very competitive price. Just how can anybody cannot become addicted ?!

  • @arsalanmirza3411
    @arsalanmirza3411 Před měsícem

    What was British India’s role in the OPIUM WARS 💥 and the Indian Gujarati BANIA and Parsi Traders involvement in procuring and shipping Opium should be highlighted as well to understand why CHINA 🇨🇳 and INDIA 🇮🇳 are in Territorial CONFLICT ☠️ even today ‼️

  • @wenliu9571
    @wenliu9571 Před 2 měsíci

    It must be hard for Westerners to accept such a fact.
    A regional civil war in which more than a million soldiers could be organized and fought for nearly three years before 2300. Such a country will not invade other countries when it is strong again.
    But it is true that they rarely initiate aggressive wars.

  • @thekungfoonun
    @thekungfoonun Před 2 měsíci

    Ant and Dec are looking rough in that thumbnail

  • @nicolaywoods9817
    @nicolaywoods9817 Před 2 měsíci +1

    As king Charles late mom would say at burning man. "We did it cause it was hilarious"

  • @cetocoquinto4704
    @cetocoquinto4704 Před 2 měsíci +1

    Amazing how a bag of tea tranforms history 😂. Who the hell brought tea to britain? Anyboby know?

  • @iXpress
    @iXpress Před 2 měsíci +8

    The rich Churches & old castles you see in Europe...this is how it was Funded.

    • @miguellabordaburnett3617
      @miguellabordaburnett3617 Před 2 měsíci

      Pfff. What are you 8 years old? Only britain did that, not all of europe. Most of the historucdl beautiful churches and buildings were built before the boxer racist lynchings and the emperors purge. Do you kniw what you talk about? Are you human? Do you get payed by our taxes to lie about us?

  • @georgerobartes2008
    @georgerobartes2008 Před 21 hodinou

    Little or nothing to do with the Opium trade and what there is , is according to Chinese historians. Can't wait until the next production " Why did Britain get the World Addicted to Tobacco " or " Why did Britain get the World Addicted to Railways " , then " Why did Britain get the World Addicted to International Trade " perhaps ?

  • @alexhubble
    @alexhubble Před 2 měsíci +1

    Very interesting, thoroughly enjoyed. It did get a bit 'approved by the CCP' with the swelling strings toward the end, but still VG!

  • @marvinswigert7636
    @marvinswigert7636 Před 2 měsíci +1

    well it was the sassoons east india company of which britain is was the final military arm

  • @floydcouncil1690
    @floydcouncil1690 Před 10 dny

    Never understood why music in a documentary is deemed so essential. I watch to learn from the words spoken, which are often unclear because of the volume of the music. Do you put on music to create a “mood” when reading a book??? Do you ever hear music while watching 60 minutes, Frontline, Nova etc. never. Turn it down so the spoken word can be clearly heard.

  • @kencarson666
    @kencarson666 Před 2 měsíci +1

    I though Carti started opium but I guess the British had to claim something for themselves smh

  • @roro4787
    @roro4787 Před 2 měsíci +6

    Asia will rise back to past glory! not to dominate or hurt anyone, but for the better of its own people

  • @nvelsen1975
    @nvelsen1975 Před měsícem +1

    "Any goods that the West had except one: Opium"
    Not entirely. The major source of the drug was a cartle of savage drug dealers from India, a certain Tata. Drugdealing made Tata so rich that they still form the biggest conglomerate in India and their role is measured in percent of total GDP.

  • @laughsatchungus1461
    @laughsatchungus1461 Před 2 měsíci +1

    When you consider what the Chinese were doing to their women, and the footbinding, it's hard to admit otherwise that they needed foreign influence soon.

    • @wenliu9571
      @wenliu9571 Před 2 měsíci

      In fact, even if China did not participate in international trade at that time, it could be self-sufficient and very rich.

    • @herondesign4507
      @herondesign4507 Před měsícem

      Just because black people are backward, your ancestors arrested their ancestors and picked cotton on the farm?

  • @jacobpettes335
    @jacobpettes335 Před 28 dny

    Why is it that the Chinese didn't grow their own poppy instead of importing it? Was it already illegal for them at that time?