The 1911 Revolution

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Dec 14 2019 23 mins   7

The overthrow of the Qing Dynasty, followed by the first years of the Republic of China.


Further reading on the 1911 Revolution:

Joseph Esherick and C.X. George Wei, editors, China: How the Empire Fell

Some names from this episode:

Mao Zedong, leader of the Chinese Revolution and revolutionary communist par excellence

Sun Zhongshan/Sun Yat-sen, leader of the Revolutionary Alliance

Huang Xing, Vice-President of the Revolutionary Alliance and military leader of the April 1911 uprising in Guangzhou

Puyi, child emperor who abdicated his throne at age five

Prince Chun, regent for Puyi

Yuan Shikai, leader of Beiyang Army

Empress Dowager Cixi, power behind the throne who died in 1908

Kang Youwei, Confucian advocate of liberal modernization and Qing loyalist

Guangxu Emperor, Emperor of China during the Hundred Days Reform of 1898

Song Jiaoren, leading Guomindang organizer, assassinated in 1913

Zeng Guofan, leader of Qing forces that defeated the Taiping rebels

Li Hongzhang, high level Chinese statesman and advocate of self-strengthening