What if we were to tell you that the Opium Wars weren't really about opium but rather about trade, tea, and silver? And what if one of the companies that began trading opium in the mid-nineteenth century is on the London Stock Exchange today? In this episode, we explore the opium trade and how it led to open markets and the collapse of the Qing dynasty.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)
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