Effects Of The Taiping Rebellion

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Dealing with the Taiping
China continuously experienced rebellion after rebellion throughout the course of the 19th century. These in addition to what seemed like a continuous string of natural disasters helped lead to the downfall of the last imperial dynasty. The rebellions, while all different, were all fueled by communal resentment for Qing government. What was once the hegemonic power in Asia was slowly destroyed from the inside and out. This end was not inevitable. If not due to the old-line thinking of the dynasty and the refusal to change, the Qing dynasty could have survived past the beginning of the 20th century. The first major instance of an Anti-Qing revolution that had the ability to overthrow the dynasty was the Taiping Rebellion.
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The humiliation by the western powers hit the Chinese populous hard. It was the first real defeat of China in modern history. Such a defeat could have been avoided had the Chinese simply complied with the requests by the British instead of engaging in a war that was doomed from the beginning. The anger caused by the defeat was amplified by the fact that the Qing government was mainly Manchurian while they ruled over a majority Han populace. This wouldn’t have been a problem had the Government done a better job to involve locals into the government, so that there could be better representation of the people. The Chinese population was more prone to join rebellion groups no matter how radical simply due to the fact that they promised some sort of change from the status-quo The Taiping rebellion was also very successful when it came to attracting people mainly due to promised social reforms. The Qing Government stuck to a very strict and Confucian way of governing, and that carried on with the daily peoples lives. Women’s rights were stressed due to the Christian ideals of the revolution. It sought to stop concubine and the tradition of feet binding. Slavery would also be ended in China. Had the Qing government sought to modernize the social structure of the dynasty they would have been able to attract. Some things though were completely out of control for the Qing government; mainly the weather. Natural Disasters ravished the country and drove many to starvation. And since the Qing Dynasty was supposedly watched over by heaven, the natural disasters ended the mandate of heaven. If the Qing government had modernized and gotten rid of the mandate of heaven all together, they would not have to reject the mandate of heaven after a natural disaster happened, alleviating the problem of having to

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