The defeat in the first “opium war” weakened China and caused dire economic consequences. Silver money flowed to the British, copper money depreciated, namely, they were used by the lower classes. Due to debts to the British taxes increased. At the same time, population growth increased land shortages. All this led to the uprising of the Taiping.
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