Chinese Revolution Of 1911 Essay

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Introduction The early 20th century was a dense time for China. Before 1950, it had already experienced two revolutions (one in 1911 and one in 1949) and a civil war. From these events, a new China rose; governed not by its traditional Imperial system, but under the iron grip of communism. While the Chinese Communist Revolution is the most well known, in order to more clearly understand the series of events that took place and their causes, one must go deeper. The conditions that made the communist revolution possible were set up in the in the prior revolution and beyond. Leading to Revolution The Chinese Revolution of 1911 is arguably more important than the Communist Revolution because it did more to change the structure of China. This…show more content…
The landlords served also as officials and ruled over peasants. These decrepit systems, along with their aging technologies and military, was enough for many to call for reform. While the Qing made a few desperate attempts at constitutional reform, including modernizing the military and the decentralization of power, it could not quell the fires of revolution that had already been burning in everyone’s minds. The Chinese Revolution of 1911 From the outcry of revolt arose a number of men ready to lead. Kang Youwei and Liang Qichao came out representing those in favor of putting a constitutional monarchy in place. Perhaps the notable of these leaders, however, is Sun Yat-sen. Born in 1866, Sun was raised in Hawaii and later graduated with a medical degree. In time, his political ambitions got the best of him however; he became a strong proponent of the creation of a “strong, unified, modern, Chinese republic.” With his drive, Sun lead a conglomerate of revolutionary groups called the Revolutionary Alliance or Tongmenghui. The Alliance proved popular, so much so that even Chinese businessmen living outside of the country funded it. Between the years of its founding in 1905 and the big revolution in 1911, around seven revolts were attempted against the Qing. In the fall of 1911, the conditions of the country proved ripe to turn an uprising in the city of Wuchang into a full scale nationalist revolt. The Qing conceded to demands
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