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  • Show and Tell 2: A Deeper Dive into the Taiping Rebellion.

    https://prezi.com/view/dofb7k4mphwXpfqHE3yp/ Bibliography: “Coin Value: China Yunnan Silver Tael and Half Tael 1943.” Accessed February 28, 2023. https://coinquest.com/cgi-bin/cq/coins.pl?coin=21504. Editors, History com. “Taiping Rebellion.” HISTORY, September 13, 2022. https://www.history.com/topics/china/taiping-rebellion. “Hong Xiuquan | Chinese Prophet and Rebel | Britannica,” January 1, 2023. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hong-Xiuquan. NID.W. “Taiping Rebellion.” World History, April 16, 2020. https://www.wrldhistry.com/taiping-rebellion/. Accessed February 28, 2023. http://www.icm.gov.mo/rc/viewer/20018/992. Burton,…

  • Week 6

    This week’s class discussed what happened from 1860 to 1905 and how new technologies impacted China. China tried adapting western techniques and ideas to improve China, such as ships, factories, and new schools. They also tried to use constitutional structures, like other western countries. Many scholar-officials liked the American congressional and presidential system, and one…

  • Week 5

    This week in class we discussed the reforms and immigration in China because it was time for some change. During this period, China was going through a ton of reforms since China’s leaders were now acknowledging the existence of a much larger world, and the Office of Management of Business of All Foreign Countries(Zongli Yamen)…

  • Week 4

    I had exploration pack one for week four: Memorials on opium, Taiping Religious Verses. It talks about how opium affects the body and how it can become very addictive because it states, “When anyone is long habituated to inhaling it, it becomes necessary to resort to it at regular intervals, and the habit of using…

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  • Week 3

    I chose exploration pack 2, it talks about Giuseppe Castiglione, who was an Italian Jesuit brother and missionary in China who worked as an artist at the imperial courts of three Qing emperors: Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong. He painted in a style that combined European and Chinese influences. Most people from the west do not…

  • Down The Rabbit Hole

    What I found interesting that we learned this week was Emperor Qianlong’s letter to King George the third. I learned from the website that I used that his letter to the King of Britain in 1793 was a “diplomatic maneuver rather than a reflection of arrogance.” Many historians believe his ignorance was his failure to…

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