Western influence on the Chinese society in 1900 - Yingchao Lin 5615941952 1 Western Influence on the Chinese Society in the 1900s In the period of the

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Yingchao Lin 5615941952 Western Influence on the Chinese Society in the 1900’s In the period of the 1900’s, when the western nations and Japan took over large parts of China, Chinese society was undergoing a process of metamorphosis. Two Opium Wars and the Sino-Japanese had drained the Qing government and forced it to accept a series of unequal treaties. After the wars, capitalistic countries implanted their economic policy into the Qing’s primitive and self-sufficient agricultural economic system. The original Chinese economic situation was significantly undermined when more and more foreigners started their enterprises in China. At this time, many Chinese people in big cities experienced the process of acculturation that subtly changed their perspective. The new economic environment not only destructed the primitive Chinese social structure, but also removed the traditional Chinese ideology (which was based on Confucian philosophy) to a large extent. When the significant economic shift occurred, the Qing dynasty couldn’t escape the fate of collapse in the early twentieth century.

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