Asian History Questions and Answers

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China developed a highly unique and individualized civilization over the last five thousand years that began largely in isolation due to a variety of geographical boundaries that kept it separated...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2018, 8:03 pm (UTC)

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These three pivotal leaders of modern China share some interesting similarities. They also have very important differences. Let's look at some of the similarities first. During the Qing Dynasty,...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2020, 1:16 am (UTC)

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Japan began to become more imperialist after it modernized in the mid- to late-1800s. The history of modern Japan begins in 1853, when the American naval commander Matthew Perry arrived in Japan...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2019, 1:28 pm (UTC)

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Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917) was an Indian-born member of the British Parliament. While still in India, he helped to start an institute to support the Zoroastrian religion. When he went to England,...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2016, 12:16 am (UTC)

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In a speech in 1944 to members of the Indian National Army, Subhas Chandra Bose gave a speech with the famous line "Give me blood, and I shall give you freedom" while touring Burma. Burma, today's...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2018, 1:48 pm (UTC)

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The Tang Dynasty fell around 907, when there were incursions from invaders from the north. These invaders took over a great deal of land in the northern and western parts of China, and there was a...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2016, 4:50 pm (UTC)

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The primary reform of the Manchu were to end the Ming Dynasty. Ming emperors had secluded themselves within the Forbidden City and allowed court Eunuchs to rule in their stead. Corruption and...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2012, 9:36 am (UTC)

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Beginning in earnest in the 17th century, European merchants were eager to get their hands on goods and products from China and Japan. Both Asian nations were reluctant to open up to these...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2019, 1:45 pm (UTC)

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Perhaps the most important social factor that helped to end the Han Dynasty was the idea of the "mandate of Heaven." This idea, which came from Confucianism, held that a country would have good...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011, 8:40 am (UTC)

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There were a number of European powers that carved out spheres of influence throughout China during the 19th Century, which allowed them to control China's major ports and affect trading with the...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2018, 9:12 am (UTC)

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If we think of morality broadly enough, then morality plays a very important role in the transfer of the Mandate of Heaven from one emperor to the next in ancient Chinese thought. People typically...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2015, 3:41 am (UTC)

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The Han dynasty in China maintained a remarkable level of similarity with its predecessor dynasty, the Qin, founded by the first emperor Qin Shi Huangdi. The Han dynasty borrowed many traditions...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2019, 5:18 pm (UTC)

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The Taiping Rebellion occurred during the Qing Dynasty. In order to understand its importance, we must look at the context of what was going on in China during this period of time. While the Qing...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019, 12:45 am (UTC)

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More than 8,000 clay life-size human figures and hundreds of horse figures, many with wooden chariots, were buried in the necropolis of Qin Shi Huang Di, China’s first emperor, in northern China....

Latest answer posted April 25, 2019, 4:10 am (UTC)

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The Mandate of Heaven is a fundamental concept in classical Chinese philosophy. Good rulers were allowed to continue their reigns, but bad rulers would lose the mandate, and it would be transferred...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2020, 9:13 pm (UTC)

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Questions like this cannot be answered definitively. We cannot go back and rerun China’s history, giving it different geography, to see what happens. Instead, we can only speculate. One famous...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2016, 1:34 am (UTC)

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The Opium Wars (1839–42 and 1856–60) had a negative effect on both China and the world. China was the victim of Western aggression and imperialism. Britain, later joined by France, took advantage...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019, 11:08 am (UTC)

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The major factor that led to growth in Japan during the Tokugawa period was peace. The Tokugawa Shogunate took control of the country and ended the "Warring States" period that had lasted for over...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2011, 9:41 am (UTC)

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Hey stereolove101, I'd like to add something to the answer provided by pohnpei397 that I think is very important in discussion Sun Yat Sen's influence on modern China; The Three Principals of the...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2011, 1:21 pm (UTC)

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In ancient China, men were largely regarded as the heads of families. Confucian thought, with its emphasis on filial piety and deference, emphasized the roles of women as deferential to their...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2016, 1:27 pm (UTC)

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Emperor Ashoka, also known as Ashoka the Great, was a leader of the Mauryan dynasty and ruled most of what is now modern-day India. Conflict was a way of life for most people of the world at that...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017, 10:49 am (UTC)

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It is not entirely correct to say that Buddhism left India, as it is still practiced by about 8.5 million Indians. However, in a country with over a billion people, this still only makes up a tiny...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2018, 6:29 pm (UTC)

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The original question had to be edited. Jainism's impact on Indian society can be seen in a couple of ways. The first is that Jainism stresses a strong notion of secularism in its relationship...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2013, 1:17 am (UTC)

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The Treaty of Nanjing was extremely important in Chinese history. First of all, it ended the First Opium War (1839–1842) between China and Britain. In addition, it marked the beginning of a series...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019, 4:25 pm (UTC)

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For the people of Singapore, the Japanese occupation was a virtual reign of terror with high inflation, limited supplies of food and other necessities, and the mass execution of many deemed...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2011, 12:14 am (UTC)

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One can at least argue that all of these are Chinese foods. However, if you have to say that one of these is not a Chinese food, the best answer is Laksa. Both Peking Duck and Sweet and Sour Pork...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2013, 5:22 am (UTC)

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Mao was highly critical of the Chinese Communist Party's political leadership. To him, it was taking China down the capitalist road, presiding over a system that was ossifying into the kind of...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2018, 7:22 am (UTC)

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The Han Dynasty is considered the golden age of Chinese culture; and this may lend itself to it being referred to as Glorious. It was during the Han dynasty, which lasted for four hundred years...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2011, 5:28 am (UTC)

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The Great Wall of China is not particularly connected to the Seven Voyages of Zheng He. Constructed hundreds of years before Zheng He was born, and well before his expeditions to Southeast Asia,...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2013, 1:32 am (UTC)

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The descendants of Genghis Khan inherited a massive empire that needed skillful and effective administration. They accomplished this largely by allowing conquered peoples to have a significant role...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2019, 10:36 pm (UTC)

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The First War of Indian Independence was an unsuccessful attempt by Indian soldiers (sepoys) to fight against British rule through the East India Company. The sepoys staged a major mutiny that led...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2017, 11:10 am (UTC)

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Chandragupta Maurya (340-298 B.C.) was the first ruler of the empire that bore his name. He is credited with unifying the Indian state, a feat considered all the more remarkable for the previous...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2015, 4:16 am (UTC)

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Wang Mang’s rise in China’s imperial hierarchy was neither preordained nor smooth. While a member of a distinguished family, including Wang Mang’s status of nephew to the empress dowager, there...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2013, 1:06 am (UTC)

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The Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-220 A.D.) can arguably be considered the most influential of the dynasties that ruled all or parts of China, although this particular dynasty was interrupted for about 16...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2013, 4:10 pm (UTC)

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During the Han dynasty (206 BC-221 CE), art, technology, education, and trade flourished in China. In fact, the Chinese still refer to themselves at times as "Han." However, towards the end of the...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016, 7:11 pm (UTC)

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Mao's decision to use the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to restore social order emerged in the context of the Cultural Revolution. It involved his inability to control aspects of that social...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2018, 7:53 pm (UTC)

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Defining Mao's takeover as inevitable may be a bit extreme in this case but Mao did have a few time-wise and setting-wise advantages during his consolidation of power over Chiang. Like the case...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2012, 5:26 am (UTC)

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I am assuming that you’re referring to Chiang Kai Shek, who was the leader of the Chinese Nationalist Party. Chiang Kai Shek never really turned on Mao because they were never on the same side -...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2016, 5:11 pm (UTC)

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The quote that you are asking about is attributed to the Indian freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose, who is often called by the honorific, “Netaji.” The quote comes from a speech that Bose...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2015, 5:10 pm (UTC)

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The impact of the opium trade was wholly negative. Let's not forget that opium is a highly addictive substance, so the trade in opium brought the misery of drug addiction to millions of Chinese...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2019, 5:59 am (UTC)

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As Japan became a more modern, industrialized country from the late nineteenth century onwards, it began to adopt a more aggressive, nationalistic stance toward other nations, including those in...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2021, 7:05 am (UTC)

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The common themes between the spread of these religions is not in their ideological dogma but in the practical impact that they made. Buddhism is of a totally different philosophical background...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2013, 7:51 pm (UTC)

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Like all civilizations, geography and climate played an important role in the history and culture of China. The climate is most favorable in the eastern side of China because monsoons bring plenty...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2016, 1:35 pm (UTC)

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Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882. This law prevented immigration to the United States from China for ten years. It also prevented people from China that were already living here...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016, 7:33 pm (UTC)

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The "Warring states period," which lasted from about 500 to the 200s b.c.e., ushered in considerable social change and intellectual ferment in China. Perhaps the most important ideology to emerge...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2013, 2:38 pm (UTC)

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From the Meiji Restoration in 1868 up until Japan's growing imperialist aggression in the 1930s, the country became increasingly isolated from the outside world—but not completely, because a lack...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019, 10:06 am (UTC)

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The Chinese history has been a history of dynastic rule. The first real dynasty was the Shang which lasted from about 1500 B.C. to about 1100 B.C. At that time, the Zhou (Chou) overthrew the...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2011, 6:15 am (UTC)

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In 1868, the Meiji Restoration signaled the birth of modern Japan. After centuries of isolationist policies put into place by the Tokugawa shogunate, Japan’s leaders recognized that Japan needed to...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2016, 10:04 pm (UTC)

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This is very hard to know, but I would tend to doubt that replacing Chiang with Mao at that point would have made that much of a difference. I have two main reasons for saying this. First, I do...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2013, 7:02 pm (UTC)

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Like so much in pre- Independence days, Bose provided a voice for those who were seeking freedom from Britain. There was a lack of a concerted and consolidated leftist approach to the Independence...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2012, 5:28 am (UTC)

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