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This booklet examines the Sino-Japanese conflict of 1894-5, an important occasion in global historical past nearly neglected in Western literature. Japan so speedily defeated China that electorate of Europe all at once perceived Japan, not just because the dominant strength of Asia, but additionally as a key overseas participant. Western disgust with chinese language army functionality ended in their swiftly turning out to be intrusions on chinese language sovereignty whereas Japan quickly turned an best friend of the ruling superpower, nice Britain. to the current day, China remains to be suffering to opposite the judgment of this conflict and repair its neighborhood dominance.

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468. 55 "Mr. Hillier on Corea," The North-China Herald (Shanghai), 3 0 March 1894, p. 4 6 8 ; Lensen, Balance of Intrigue,vol. 2, 990. 56 Palais, 6. 57 Choe, 2 4 The Decline of the Old Order 37 Although the rebellion had been quelled in 1863, the year before Grand Prince Htingsdn assumed power, the underlying causes - endemic poverty, rapacious local officials, and inequitable taxation - remained. 5 Unlike the Chinese government, Grand Prince Hfingson initially was quite successful at reducing corruption, strengthening the authority of the throne, and restoring governmental finance without resorting to tariffs, but he did so at the cost of rising opposition from the aristocracy.

1 (Peking: + B*:Wf4£##JStt, 1992), 113-14. , Strangers at the Gate: Social Disorder in South China 1838-1861 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1966), 118-9, 136-52; Kwang-ching Liu, 2 1 1 - 4 3 ; Paine, 110-25; Bruce A. Elleman, Modern Chinese Warfare, 1795-1989 (London: Routledge, 2001), x, 57-68. 20 Susan Naquin, Millenarian Rebellion in China: The Eight Trigrams Uprising of 1813 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1976), 1, 176-84, 265. 26 The Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895 northward to the Yangtze River provinces.

Secessional rebellions included the Miao people's revolt in the south in Hunan and Guizhou (Kweichow) (1855-73); the Moslem revolt against Chinese rule in the southern province of Yunnan during the Panthay Rebellion (1856-73); and the great Moslem rebellions (1862-78) in Xinjiang and the three western provinces bordering Mongolia. 19 The anti-dynastic rebellions were far more dangerous because they did not threaten to whittle away the Qing empire at the geographic or cultural periphery, but to deliver a coup de grace in Peking toppling the whole dynasty.

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