Manchu Invasion and a new dynasty



Homework: “The Early Modern Period: Ming and Early Qing.” (134-143)

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8 responses to “Manchu Invasion and a new dynasty

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  3. After reading those interesting pages about dynasties in China, something came to my mind, do not know if it is true but, it is impressive how one man, with good ways of dealing with people, can change the whole History. It sounds not possible or even hard, but it is in fact simple, someone says the wrong thing and a war appears and changes the History. In our context, I found the perfect example, Nurhaci, he wanted to reunify the tribes in banners, but, if you think about it, if he did not do it, what would happen? There might be not enough soldiers, not enough people educated to work in the bureaucracy… All kinds of events that can changes the China’s future.

  4. Now, after reading about all those dynasties and emperors:
    Who, do you think was the best Emperor in China? Which one did you prefer? Which one helped China the most?

    • Every leader brought different things to China. Some brought architecture, some brought religion, some brought warfare and bureaucracy. But i think that Nurhaci was the most positive leader. He may or may not have followed Confucianism, but he was brought kindness and generosity to the people. This is what people expect from their leader, and that is what he gave.

  5. I agree with you Charles. It is incredible how one man changed the whole History of China. But we have seen a similar thing in Russia, Stalin. Although he used violence and corruption instead of kindness and generosity, we can say, changed the history of Russia.
    It is hard to imagine China if Nurhaci had not reunified the tribes into banners. Nothing would have been organized, everything would have been so hectic, especially the army, there would have been no proper training, just imagine the government.

  6. Dorgon said that, “The empire is a single whole. There are no distinctions between Manchus and Hans”. How do you think the people felt about him after he said that?

    The Chinese really needed more land, so they took about one million acres from farmers. This was for the settlement of banner troops. It wasn’t beneficial towards them, though, because no one else knew how to farm. That’s like stealing someone’s car when you don’t even know how to drive it. Do you think it’s fair that they could take away that much land from local farmers to begin with?

    The Manchu women didn’t bound their feet, but they wore “horse-hoof” shoes, which still didn’t allow them to walk properly. This is what their shoes looked like. I don’t think they’re as bad as actually ruining your feet, but I cannot imagine having to walk in something like this. It seems extremely difficult, because of the weird placement of the highest part of the ‘heel’.

    It says that in the provinces, it was harder for the Manchus to enforce their dominance. Why do you think this would be? How is it easier to take over other parts of a country?

    After Oboi was imprisoned, how come Kangxi “thereupon assumed full responsibility for government.” Did the people have absolutely no say? Could he just elect himself to rule the country from now on?

  7. During the reading, I felt that it was quite hard to “keep track” on what they were trying to tell in the reading, because it included so much information in a relative small text.
    “Manchu women wore their hair in a distinctive style and did not bind their
    feet, instead wearing ‘horse-hoof’ shoes which induced a tottering
    This fascinates me, so it existed more than just one way to torture the Chinese women by their feet? Did they force the women to wear this “horse-hoff” because of the same reasons why they made the women to bound their feet?

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