Week 7: Self Strengthening & The Fall of the Qing


1. Current Events.
2. Timeline processing: Innovations & Events
3. Uighurs in China Say Bias is Growing (nytimes.com)
4. Review Kudos form for Unit Two.


1. Tuesday Tunes. MC Jin is a Chinese-American rapper born in Miami in 1982 in a household where the primary language was the Chinese dialect, Cantonese. He started out rapping primarily in English and the first Asian-American rapper to release an album on a major US record label.  When his career stalled, he released an album in Cantonese, “ABC”, which means “American-born Chinese”. This album led to him becoming a household name in Hong Kong.

2. Opium Wars role play.


The Kowtow Question discussion.


Beyond the First Opium War…the decline of the Qing.

Start here with an overview of the Qing’s decline  and/or China’s Qing Dynasty then go into specific research on your assigned issue.

  1. Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864) & Nien Rebellion (1851-1868)
    1. Taiping Economic Reforms
  2. Second Opium War (1856-1860)
    1. Treaties of Tientsin/Tianjin (1858)
    2. Frederick Bruce
    3. Dagu Forts
  3. Relations with Russia (1860)
    1. Lin Zexu and Wei Yuan “barbarians fight barbarians”
    2. Treaty of Aigun
  4. First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) and here is another from Princeton U.
    1. Russo-Japanese war (1904-1905)
  5. Self-strengthening movement (1861-1895) & the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901)

Other terms to search: century of humiliation, decline of the Qing dynasty

Timeline of Modern China (for reference)


1. Current Events.

2. Finish processing From Preeminence to Decline

  • First Opium War/Treaty of Nanjing
  • Protestants in China
  • Taiping Rebellion
  • Sino-Japanese War
  • Boxer Rebellion
  • Russo-Japanese War

Related Sources:

Is China Ripe for a Revolution? (nytimes.com remembering the Taiping Rebellion)


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