What made the opium war?
The opium wars where waged between china and the british
government, who where acting on behalf of the east India trading
The root of the war was that the east India trading company was
suppling masses of opium to china, turning the country into a mess
of addicts. The Chinese governemnt, for quite obvious reason, didnt
want this, and so imposed massive import taxes on the opium.
The east India trading co., who where basically the biggest
coroprate bullys around at the time, with masses of political
influence and fingers in all of the pies, responed by getting the
british government to declare war on china.
Britain was at this time in full empire building mode, and was
basically a superpower, going around conquering countries left
right and centre. Not even small countries, big massive ones like
India, although back then they called it "colonising" and
"civilising" the countries.