How Revolutionary Was China 1850-1920

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During the years of 1850-1920 China did have some factors of being revolutionary, the decline in imperial China, their rise of their military as well as the change in the political parties, China also had factors of being a continuation such as their economy and the leaderships. However there wasn’t many factors of China showing to be a continuation this was because China was changing massively and at a fast rate during this period of time.
One way to show that China was a revolutionary was the Boxer Rising. This was a popular anti-western movement in China, which was supported by peasants (such as farmers) uprising in 1900 which was set up to drive all foreigners out of China. It was a violent anti-foreigner and anti-Christian movement; it was motivated by proto-nationalists and backed by the empress dowager CIXI. In 1900 the Boxers besieged the foreign embassies in Beijing for two months until they were relieved by an international force. The rising was intervened by the Great Powers, which defeated the Chinese forces; because of this it further reduced the authority of the QING dynasty. The Boxer Risings changed China quite a lot: It made the leaders of China realise that they had to modernize and adopt European technology as well as this it also helped to opened the doors for Revolutionary movements such as the Communist Party and the to rise and to gain the support of China's people.
Another factor that shows how revolutionary China was, was the End of the Chinese Empire. The Taiping Rebellion (1849-60) was the start of the end of the Chinese Empire. The movement which was lead by Hong Xivquan is known as the deadliest military conflict in History, where around 20 million people died. In spite of the movement, the Tongzhi Restoration came to the defence of the Confucian order and the Qing rulers. In 1898 new armies were organised under the rule of Empress…...

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