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Joshua A. Fogel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520283305

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520283305.001.0001

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Opium, Christianity, and the Taipings

Opium, Christianity, and the Taipings

(p.96) Six Opium, Christianity, and the Taipings
Maiden Voyage

Joshua A. Fogel

University of California Press

Before British and American traders arrived in China in the nineteenth century, opium had been present in the country for centuries—used primarily for medicinal purposes. The British victory in the Opium War in 1842 led to the Treaty of Nanjing and the enforcement of trade in opium. In Japan, opium was nonexistent during the late Edo period. This chapter focuses on what the Japanese aboard the Senzaimaru thought about opium and Christianity in the country. It begins by providing a background on the Taiping Rebellion launched by Hong Xiuquan, a member of the Hakka minority and a Christian convert, in an attempt to overthrow the Qing dynasty. It then considers the Japanese visitors' reactions to the rebellion.

Keywords:   opium, Opium War, Japan, Senzaimaru, Shanghai, Christianity, Taiping Rebellion, Hong Xiuquan, Qing dynasty, China

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