Opium Podcasts Parts 1 & 2
Opium is a drug that has been highly influential today and in past societies. Present issues revolving around the drug include addiction and war. One war that is being fought today takes place in the Middle East, specifically Afghanistan. The war surrounds the drug and its growth and the devastation that is caused by its citizen’s addiction. With many fights surrounding opium and mass addiction to the drug it is seen as a serious issue today. The podcasts presented on this page talk about the drug’s history and the past Opium Wars. One of the following podcasts will focus on the history of opium around the world taking a closer look at opium within Britain, China, India and Afghanistan. In this podcast we look at how opium is grown and harvested and why it became popular in so many different countries. Our next podcast will discuss in depth the Opium Wars that ensued against China and Britain. The multiple wars fought between Britain and China were based off the trade of opium between the two countries. China did not want the drug to be a part of its country’s culture because of the harmful side effects implemented on its people. The British on the other hand needed to use opium when trading with China because China was not interested in the other commodities that Britain had to offer. In order to see how opium has changed society tune in to the following podcasts to explore the world according to opium.
Amber Mehr, Tanner Taylor, Hannah DeYoung
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