Compare and Contrast the Influence and Consequence of European Imperialism on Africa and China During the 19th Century.

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Compare and contrast the influence and consequence of European Imperialism on Africa and China during the 19th century.

Imperialism is when one country dominates the cultural, economic, and political life of a nation weaker than itself. In the 19th century, Europe was the nation that was dominating both China and Africa. There were quite a few similarities in the way that European imperialism was changing these nations. One important similarity was that both the nations had resisted against British imperialism at one point. However, despite the fact that both these events occurred at the same time, by the same nations, there were quite a few differences as well. One of the main differences due to the impact of Imperialism in China
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The reason there was resistance faced from both these nations was simply because both were independent nations. One of the major differences in between China and Africa during the period of their Imperialism was that the Chinese people had a revolution while the Africans did not. In China Sun Yat-Sen wanted to end the dynasty system in China and he did this by starting a revolution. Soon, the government had learned about his plans and he went to the west to gather support to overthrow the Manchu Dynasty. He wanted to do this because he believed that China should be a republic otherwise they would fall behind all the other nations. Sun Yat-Sen had created the three principles and eventually these three principles became very well known and soon another uprising which was successful ended the Manchu dynasty. China finally became a Republic. Another major difference between the Imperialism in Africa and China was that China was harder to conquer than Africa because for one, China had a centralized government. This meant that the Chinese would most probably have one large military, which it did. Another reason it was harder to conquer was that it was much farther than Africa was for the British. This led to more difficulties in travelling to get to China. Also, in China there was one unified language whereas in Africa there were multiple languages. One more difficulty was that the people were also more unified
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