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Manchu to Mao – Quick history of China

By |2018-04-18T09:54:06+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, History|

Ming Dynasty porcelain pitcher Early modern Chinese history starts with the Ming Dynasty, about 1500 AD. The Ming Dynasty was very powerful, with a big army and a big navy and a lot of land. When European traders began to sail directly to China with huge amounts of silver from South America, the [...]

Empress Cixi – Qing Dynasty China (the 1800s)

By |2018-04-18T09:53:22+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, History|

Empress Dowager Cixi When the Xianfeng Emperor of the Qing Dynasty in China died in 1861 AD, his only son was only five years old. People called him the Tongzhi Emperor, but Tongzhi's mother, the Empress Cixi, who was 27 years old, was really the ruler. Just as with the Mughals in India [...]