Link Through Time

1750 to 1900

First Opium War in China

The Opium was supplied by Great Britian to control China from 1838 to 1842. This in many ways damaged China's government. This century marked the "century of humiliation." Opium is an addictive drug that made up about 16% of Britians income. Even after 170 years, it still retained emotional resonance for many Chinese officials and more.

Tanzimat Reforms in the Ottoman Empire

Through 1838 to 1876, a series of reforms took place under rule of the two sultans Abdülmecid and Abdülaziz. These reforms were influenced highly by European ideas. The reforms were intended to change from a old system based on theocratic fundamentals to a modern state.

Taiping Uprising in China

The rebellion began under the leadership of Hong Xiuquan (1814–1864), a candidate who had a series of visions and believed himself to be the son of God. In 1847 Hong joined Feng and the God Worshippers, and three years later he led them in rebellion. On January 1, 1851, he proclaimed his new dynasty, the Taiping Tianguo (“Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace”), and assumed the title of Tianwang, or “Heavenly King.”

Admiral Perry arrives in Japan

Boxer Rebellion

In 1899 through 1901 there was a secret organization called the Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fists. This group led the uprising in northern China against the ideas of the western world and Japan.
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Chinese Revolution

Chinese Revolution, (1911–12), nationalist democratic revolt that overthrew the Qing dynasty in 1912 and created a republic.
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