Imperialism In China

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Nationalism is the devotion and loyalty to one's own nation instead of a king or empire. This desire for self-rule and unity was the most powerful force in Asia during the 1900s. Asia's desire for independence was a direct reaction to imperialism, or the taking over of another country for political, social, and/or economic gain. Many Asian countries, including China, India, and Turkey, experienced long periods of foreign control. Eventually, nationalistic movements in these countries rose up in an attempt to get rid of foreign influence and gain independence. China was considered to be within the sphere of British influence. Britain never completely controlled the Chinese government, but did influence political and economic affairs greatly. British control began to withdraw from China at the end of the 19th century, and many nationalistic movements began to arise. In 1911, the Revolutionary Alliance, led by Sun Yixian, overthrew the last Qing emperor. Yixian later established the Kuomintang and was elected as president of the new Republic of China in 1912. His principles were nationalism, people's rights and people' s livelihood. His successor was Jiang Jieshi, who would lead the…show more content…
Mao won the favor of the Chinese people during the Communist Revolution against Jieshi. In 1930, Communists and Nationalists were fighting for control. After the Communists were almost wiped out, Zedong took his revolution to the countryside. After Jieshi surrounded Zedong's mountain stronghold, Zedong led his troops on an event, known as the Long March (1934-1935), where 100,000 communists walked nearly 6,000 miles while under constant fire from the Kuomintang. It became Mao's symbol of perseverance and helped him rise to power after the Japanese invasion of China. After defeating Jieshi, Mao assumed power in 1949 as the communist leader of the People's Republic of
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