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World Hist II Week 8 Notes

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Week 8 notes- British expansion in China, Mexico, and South Africa
World History II- HIST1004
Dr. John McNay
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Date Created: 03/03/16
World Hist II Buckel Professor McNay Week 8 British Expansion in China Empire  The Chinese had a lot of goods that the British wanted o Ex) porcelain, tea, silk  Opium was popular in the East- it was the only product they could trade in China o The market, as more people used opium, increased as people became addicted, making the British money  China didn’t like the opium trade as drug use increased crime, poverty, etc.  Commissioner Lin o Canton- only trade port between British and Chinese- very well guarded and secured o He burns the warehouses full of opium, upsetting the British because they were “destroying private property” Opium Wars  First: 1839-1842 o Naval battle- the Chinese were defeated because they hadn’t used their navy in battles for a long time, and the British had a very strong navy  Treaty of Nanjing (1842)- many trading ports had to open, the opium trade was still open, and gave the British the right to roam and trade in China o Extraterritoriality- if any British subject commit a crime in China, they can’t be tried by China or a Chinese court- they had to be arrested by British, jailed by British, and tried by British o This inspired other nations to do the same with their international travels  Second: 1856-1860 o Was ultimately the Chinese rebelling against Treaty of Nanjing o They lost support of the people because they almost lost control of China American Empire  The settlers of the Americas took the land from the natives, creating an empire o The Caribbean and the West were targets for expansion and empires  The Mexican War o Americans originally wanted to define border between the US and Mexico- the US wanted a west coast o There are very few Mexicans (Spanish immigrants) in the area at the time, as it was hard for Spaniards to get people to move to the New World  The very few people there couldn’t defend their territory o President Polk wanted to buy the land from Mexico- they refuse  Slavery was illegal in Mexico  Mexicans wanted Texans to convert to Catholicism (Texas was protestant)  Texans rebel and start fighting o Texas was to be a free state in the Union, but for about 20 years they refused as they wanted to keep their slaves o The US sends an army to camp out in disputed territory between Texas and Mexico  Mexicans attack the army, starting the war o Americans attack from several angles, taking California and driving down to Central Mexico, and then to the coast, repeating the march Cortez did when he landed in the New World  They occupy Mexico City and the Mexicans finally agree to a peace treaty o Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo (1848)- US gains Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California (1 year later, Gold Rush starts in California)  Suddenly, the US has many useful and powerful ports in the world for trade Eyes Across the Pacific  The US wants to be a part of more trade markets  President Filmore o Is convinced to send a fleet to Japan to force the Japanese to open up their country and trade with the US  Commodore Perry- in charge of the fleet of Black Ships- ships with sails and wheels (like riverboats) o Black ships only really made an appearance in history in this context  They arrive in the summer of 1853 in what is now known as Tokyo Harbor, being the first foreign fleet to appear there in 200 years o Japan hadn’t changed technologically or socially at all, meaning they didn’t have firepower (besides bows and arrows), and other modern marvels  Japanese sail to the American ships- the only foreign people outside Japan that knew how to speak the language were the Dutch- of which the Americans had a translator  Japanese agreed to take the letter from the President to the emperor, and the Americans said they’d come back the next summer with an ambassador  Townsend Harris- delivered to the fleet in Hong Kong and when Americans came back in 1854, he was prepared to negotiate treaty with Japan o Harris and Dutch translator are dropped off at abandoned Buddhist temple o Translator gets sick, but thankfully recovers o They buy horses and ride into Tokyo, and the Japanese finally talk to them  Treaty of Kanagawa (1856)- beginning of the long relationship between the US and Japan  Meiji emperor- replacement emperor of Japan who was open to materials and trade with other cultures, but adamant about keeping their country their own o Ex) modern day: cars, phones, computers all have their own versions in Japan  Japan comes to the US for public education and adopts the education system, Britain for steel, etc.  Japan goes from being helpless in the 1850s to defeating China and eventually Russia in the 1900s because the Americans opened their country back up  Treaty of Portsmouth- peace treaty between Japan and Russia in New Hampshire, moderated by Teddy Roosevelt, winning Roosevelt the Nobel Peace Prize Discoveries and War in South Africa  From the 1820s and onward, there are many immigrants of English populations moving to South Africa  Johannesburg, South Africa was a small place for a long time, but when diamonds (1866) (and later gold (1886)) was discovered there, it sparks an economic and population boom o The irony is that people originally moved there to get away from other people, and now everyone was moving there for bustling wealth  It was decided that only native-born Afrikaners can vote, upsetting people who were moving there and investing there. It was to prevent newcomers from taking over  Cecil Rhodes- ruthless, calculating individual who was invested in the South African republics, but wasn’t able to vote or have any influence  The British gov’t becomes concerned about the happenings in South Africa o They wanted to make money in the gold and diamonds, but were locked out  Britain declares war on the republics (but didn’t really have a military in S. Africa)- Boer War (199-1902) o The natives didn’t have a military, either, but know the land and are naturally decent soldiers o It took a while for British troops to get over there, and Britain underestimated how many troops they needed o As more British troops arrive, there are nearly half a million British soldiers in S. Africa, finally outnumbering the Boers in the fight o The Boers were defeated in every measurable way, but even when their capital falls, they don’t stop fighting  They would fight during the day and go home at night o The British start burning farms and towns and putting people in concentration camps to stop the fighting  Women, children, and the elderly are dying in these camps, but the British aren’t paying any attention to this  The only way it got publicity was by British people who travelled to S. Africa and exposed the truth of what was happening o Finally, Paul Krueger (leader of Boers) surrenders, and the Boers finally give up  Called the “bitter enders”, because they fought to the bitter end  The significance of this war is that Britain, then considered the most powerful country in the world, had such a hard time fighting a bunch of farmers Union of South Africa  The one thing the British didn’t want to do is fight the Boers again o The Afrikaners were very angry still, and the British just wanted to get on with making money  Union of South Africa (1910)- unifies the republics and gets rid of the Boer “nationality”  The native Africans (the black population) did fight in the Boer war o They tended to side with the British, the “less hostile” force than the Afrikaners o There were some connections to the Afrikaners and sometimes sided with them  The natives were better off in Cape Colony than in the Union of S. Africa  The first thing the Union of S. Africa did was deny the native blacks voting rights  ANC (1912)  Land Act (1913)- Afrikaners split up land, and 90% of the land was given to whites  The relationship between the Afrikaners and the English settles, as the Brits let up on more and more political power o The British accommodated their situation, but the Afrikaners resented their presence o Creation of the Nationalist Party (1912), which was not a major party until 1948  Nationalist party wins power in 1948 o Establish the Structure of Apartheid  Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act (1949)- took away the right to interracial marriage  Immorality Act (1950)- prevented sexual relations between races  Group Areas Act (1950)- designated certain areas to isolate populations of the native blacks (Zulu, etc.)  Bantu Education Act (1953)- separate schools, don’t educate them to be lawyers or doctors, but rather educate them enough for simple work  It was an attempt to make the black population subservient to the white population  The African National Congress resists o Defiance Campaign (1952) o Sharpesville (1959)  69 killed, 186 wounded American Policy  Impact of the cold war- anti-communism took over and even bad people were accepted by Americans as long as they weren’t communist o Ex) Sadam Hussein  Reagan vetoed a law on American Policy and investments in S. Africa- Congress overrides it  P.W. Botha- president of S. Africa- ordered total security in the complete disorder of things  F.W. de Klerk- lifts banning orders and releases Mandela (who had been in prison ~25 years) o Even in prison, Mandela was looked at as a leader of the movement  Apartheid ends (1994) o All laws segregating blacks are eliminated and a new South Africa is created, Mandela as its first president


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