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Foreign influence on Chinese society in 1900’sThe invasion of Western culture and economic system doomed the collapse of the QingDynasty in the early 20thcentury. After the Qing’s defeat by British in the Opium Warsand by Japanese in the Sino-Japanese War, the Qing government basically lost its powerin controlling the original economic system based on the agriculture. Factories settled byforeigners not only paralyzed the Qing’s self-feeding economics system, but alsoinstigated the social mobility among many Chinese. In some big ports like Shanghai,foreigners created various jobs in their enterprises and significantly enriched Chinesevocational options. Seeing the substantial new-born opportunities, a large portion ofChinese farmers left their land and worked in big cities where most Chineseunconsciously assimilated part of Western culture and abandoned the old Confuciandoctrines. Consequently, as more and more Chinese people owned the new perspectives,
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Term
Fall
Professor
SHEEHAN
Tags
Opium Wars, Qing Dynasty, Han Chinese, Empress Dowager Cixi, Manchu, Qing government

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