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The import of opium from India had a devastating effect on China. Although opium had been graown and used in China for centuries the import of huge quantities of the British controlled trade into Guangdong proved far more addicitive. It was the government officials who were most affected and even Dowager Empress Cixi used opium. Attempts to stop the trade led to two wars with Britain which China lost. Read More
The Xin or 'new' dynasty 新朝 was not all that 'new' as it reigned from 9 to 23CE and lasted all of 14 years . It was the creation of Wang Mang whose reign marks the division of the Han dynasty into Western and Eastern Han. Read More
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