Fall of the Qing Dynasty Essay

944 Words Nov 20th, 2007 4 Pages
The fall of the Qing dynasty was caused by internal changes within the dynasty, peasant revolts, the rise of Sun Yat-Sen and overall western influence.
What happens when there is a trade imbalance between two major trading countries? Just ask Great Britain and China. It's hard to get by when the country you need goods from does not really need to trade goods with you. This is what happened with Great Britain and the Qing Dynasty. There was a high demand for China's tea in Great Britain but a low demand for Britain's goods in China. Great Britain was in debt with China and they had to do something to get out. As a result, they turned to selling silver to make the imbalance better. China could care less about Great Britain's silver so Great
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The leader of this rebellion was Christian leader, Hung Xiuguan. He claimed to have the responsibility of destroying the Qing Dynasty, a responsibility given to him by God. Hung Xiuguan and his rebels captured Nanjing and Hung Xiuguan renamed it Taiping Tien-Kuo or The Heavenly Dynasty of Perfect Peace. In the process about 25,000 men, women, and children were killed. New rules and regulations were made affecting many people for ten years. Of course china was not able to deal with this alone but with the help of the western powers, (the same people causing them some many problems) Nanjing was eventually restored.20 million more people were killed while trying to recapture Nanjing.
At this point you are probably wondering how on Earth the Qing Dynasty lasted this long after all the wars and rebellions. And by this time it seemed as if China did not have much say in what went on in its own territories. Communism was clearly not working for China. Sun Yat-Sen realized this and he attempted to do something about it. He came close to death to try and make his dream of China becoming a Republic a reality. In the 1890's he formed a secret, anti-Qing society and by 1895 there was a price for his head in China forcing him to have to leave the country (McLenighan 34). His dream was to see China become a Republic and to make this happen he formed the Revolutionary League in the year 1905.Out of this came the Three People's Principles, Nationalism, Democracy, and…

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