Describe the 1911 Chinese revolution. 

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The 1911 revolution in China was an important one. It changed China’s system of government. As a result of this revolution, the Republic of China was created, as the Qing Dynasty was no longer in power in China. The imperial system had ended.

The Qing Dynasty faced many issues. In 1895, China lost a war with Japan. As a result, China lost some territory including control over Korea and Taiwan. In 1899, China was in danger of being colonized as many nations had developed spheres of influence in China. The issuing of the Open Door Policy by the United States prevented other countries from colonizing China. In 1900, the Boxer Rebellion was aimed at removing foreign influence from China. This failed rebellion also threatened China’s independence. Warlords continued to exert influence in China, which held back the opportunity for progress.

A group of people, led by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, pushed for major reforms in China. Some of the people involved in the revolutionary movement had western educations and wanted to see changes in China. They weren’t satisfied with the limited reforms made by the Qing Dynasty. In 1910, fighting broke out in a region of China that eventually turned into a full-scale revolt. The emperor gave up the throne, ending the Qing Dynasty, and creating the Republic of China.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team