What caused the revolution in China?

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Oct 7, 2017

The massive poverty and unequal land ownership laws, the weakening of chines government during the sino-japanese war, the growth of communism after thr Russian Civil War


China was chaotic during the second world war with various factions fighting the Japanese and occasionally each other, created the environment for a charismatic leader (Moa Tse Tung) to bind together a unified force that was better motivated, organised and learnt its trade fighting the Japanese - once Japan surrendered they were well placed to establish control of China

Oct 7, 2017

The original modern revolution took place in 1912 led by Sun Yat-sen. It took place because the Qing dynasty had lost all ability to rule after more than 50 years of struggle.


The Qing Dynasty ruled China from 1644 to 1912. Sun Yat-sen was the first President of the Provisional Republic of China. He also established the Nationalist Party of China (Kuomintang). He was soon replaced by as President by Yuan Shikai who was instrumental in the abdication of the last Qing Emperor.

Chaos developed as infighting intensified and the actual governing of the provinces devolved to Warlords. Imperialism by foreigners had weakened dismembered China for decades before. The Communist Party of China (CPC) was one of many revolutionary elements. Mao eventually became leader of the CPC and after World War 2 forced the Kuomintang to retreat to Taiwan.

For many years after the First Opium War (1839-42) foreign Imperialism and internal struggle had impoverished China. There were many destructive Civil Wars, in particular the Taiping Rebellion (1850 to 1871) killed 20 million people and laid waste to central China.


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