Modern Chinese History

In this section on modern history of China we cover the last one hundred years. Our History section gives full coverage of the dynastic period from earliest times.

The Republic of China was founded on January 1st 1912, and we cover include pages on the Peoples Republic that was founded in 1949,the leaders of the P.R.C. and also the unique system of Chinese government. Looking both backwards and forwards there is coverage of China's ambitious program of space exploration; some musings on China's likely future development and that formative period for the early P.R.C. leaders : the Long March.

War between Britain and China

War between Britain and China

History

The two 'Opium Wars' between Britain and China 1839-1860 mark China's forced change in direction after thousands of year of dynastic rule. Defeat by a far away foreign power created turmoil in China and triggered the 'century of humiliation' from which China only emerged in 1949.
The People's Republic

The People's Republic

Modern History

Our coverage of the People's Republic of China (P.R.C.) includes the background to the rise of the Communists under Mao Zedong, the Long March, the Cultural Revolution and leading up to present day China. We also include a section describing China's unique form of Communism.
Leaders of Modern China

Leaders of Modern China

Modern History

The leadership of the People's Republic since 1949 has been one of stability with an emphasis of continuity and steady progress. This was not the case in the early years. With China such a major power it is important to understand the background to the handful of people who have led China in a new direction.
Growing rice in China

Growing rice in China

Culture

The cultivation of rice for food has been carried out in China for the last 10,000 years. Over this time about 50,000 different varieties have been bred selectively for every possible soil and climate type. Recently it has proved cheaper to import rice rather than grow it in China, so rather surprisingly China is a major importer of this staple food.
China's Ancient Script

China's Ancient Script

Language

The discovery of a huge number of 'oracle bones' has added greatly to the knowledge of the origins of China's written script. It pushes back the written language to at least 3,500 years ago. Careful study of the inscriptions is still revealing information about life in Shang dynasty times.

God's Chinese son

book cover This book by the leading Chinese scholar of his generation turns his attention on the bloodiest Civil war in world history. The infusion of Western religion into CHina had toxic effects in the middle of the nineteenth century. This book details the full history of the rebellion and its long lasting effects on Chinese development.
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Beijing, lion
Bronze lion statue at the Summer Palace, Beijing
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