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From Reform to Revolution The Qing in Decline The Self-Strengthening Movement, 1861-1895 The Sino-Japanese War, 1894-1895 The Reform Movement of 1898...

Please write a 3- to 4-paragraph Viewpoint Essay on EITHER the external or internal factors that weakened the Qing dynasty in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, focusing on one of the following prompts:

  • How did the Western powers use diplomacy and war to gain power in China?
  • How did Western powers gain greater trading rights in China?
  • What was the Chinese response to the Western threat and why was it effective or ineffective?
  • What were the positive and/or negative effects of Western involvement in China?
  • What internal problems threatened the Qing dynasty, leading to rebellion?
  • Who were the Taipings and what were their goals?
  • What was the appeal of the Taiping rebellion and how did it attract followers?
  • How did the Qing government react to the rise of rebellion? 
  • or a comparable topic of your own choice, subject to my approval.

In writing your Viewpoint Essay, please use AT LEAST ONE outside source IN ADDITION to the lectures, textbook, and other course materials that I have provided.  Your source must be a legitimate academic journal, book, or website.  Encyclopedic websites such as Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica,, etc. are not acceptable.  If you are unsure whether your source qualifies, please ask me ahead of time.

Reference your source(s) using the Chicago citation style.

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From Reform to Revolution The Qing in Decline The Self-Strengthening Movement, 1861-1895 The Sino-Japanese War, 1894-1895 The Reform Movement of 1898 The Scramble for Concessions Looking Ahead
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The Qing in Decline Historians once assumed that the primary reason for the rapid decline and fall of the Qing dynasty after the mid-18th century was the intense pressure by the modern West applied to a proud but somewhat complacent traditional society. Now, however, most historians believe that internal changes played a major role in the dynasty s collapse and point out that at least some of the problems suffered by the Manchus during the 19th century were self-inflicted. Both explanations have some validity . Like so many of its predecessors, after an extended period of growth, the Qing dynasty began to suffer from the familiar dynastic ills of official corruption, peasant unrest, and incompetence at court.
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Running head: QING EMPIRE 1 Qing Empire
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Qing Empire For a considerable length of time, Chinese directions had guaranteed that China had

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