Roots of Qing Decline

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Slide 1: Note the remarkable number of foreign missions and invasions.
Slide 2: What do you think is the difference between a dynasty and a "nation"?
Slide 3: Help one another remember these key ideas from Global Cities. Or ask me
Slide 4: How did the "foreign" Manchu seize and maintain control of China?
Slide 5: What problems will Qing leaders face given the nature of village life?
Slide 6: How would such rapid population growth affect QIng rule?
Slide 7: Why would foreign traders be so frustrated with this system?
Slide 8: How could a foreign rival take advantage of these weaknesses?
Slide 9: What would be some effects of technological stagnation?

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2 years ago
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Ian, I think you talked about some valuable stuff in pointing out how the Opium Wars came about. The wars seem to be a turning point in China's history and thinking, so the build-up is important.

2 years ago
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@Sumina: The peace, expansion of territory, and new farming techniques increase food supply and decreased infant mortality. That produces rapid population growth that is hard to stop even when food supply stops growing at rate of population growth.

2 years ago
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Thank you very much Jake and Sumina for your support of the points I made :)

2 years ago
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@Ethan: Nice GIF

2 years ago
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I feel like by banning Opium use, it only made the problem worse. Just like how the prohibition in America made alcohol use more popular. I'll be interested to learn the details about it.

2 years ago
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Good point Ben.

2 years ago
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@Ben: I think there is definitely validity to your point, but what were the Chinese supposed to do?

2 years ago
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I agree Ben. When alcohol was banned the demand for it went up and helped mobs and criminals make money off of selling the alcohol.

2 years ago
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Ben, I think people must have lost money, trying to buy illegal opium Wealth must have been decreased as the Chinese would have to use more money than normal. Edicts must have costed Qing China a ton of money.

2 years ago
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@Enton: Nice connection. You'll see more in the next reading.