Instead of refusing Western influence, the Chinese adopted it. They created great railroads and industry booms. The army and navy became more modern and mighty. Millions of Chinese immigrated to the West. Also, knowledge of the West was brought to China. China then used their new technology to become a great world power.
The Meij Revolution
China as we know it had no contact with complete trade from the West. China also suffered problems. The population was growing quickly than any of them could die. Gold and silver was little to find. Agriculture methods were still old-fashioned and it became completely difficult to grow crops, setting up the largest famine in China, The Sui Famine. By 1800, Emperor Qianlong, lord of China, came to grief. His son, Yu Fie Meij, tried to tel him to adopt Western influence to make things better, but refused. Finally, at his age of 13, 1789, he had a group of the whole middle and lower class into a court underground the Forbidden City called the Hideo Court, which he made announcements there. Meij announced that the whole two classes should start a revolution. Soldiers also joined him.
By July 12th 1803, this same crowd rioted in Beijing. They captured nobles' castles and burned down books of unfair laws. For 10 days, this sparked riots all over China. Qianlong tried to flee, but was caught when trying to escape. Yu Fie Meij ordered the nobles, the king, and his wife to get their heads chopped off. As a result, Meij became emperor.
The Arrival of Lord Macartney
In 1809, January 12th, Meij sent a letter to be shipped to London written in English. It was said that King George had to sent one of his nobles to Shanghai. King George in January 13th called a parliament to send one of his nobles to Shanghai. He chose Macartney 2 days later. When Macartney arrived in China February 1st, Yu Fie Meij gave him a treaty that All Western nations can one again trade with China, this time, they could exchange customs with each other, and as well as riches.
Lord Macartney gave word to King George that trade in China was starting again. All European countries and USA were allowed to trade once again. Old systems in China were eliminated by Meij. As a result, western influence was ready to begin in China, and isolation, set up in 1640, was dissolved.
As time went on, China than created a new culture, though few parts of their old one is still practiced (for a few people), such as their religion, old villages, farming methods traditions and the junk boats.
The New China
Meij was ready in 1820 to begin a new influence. He turned the Forbidden City into a museum about their country's history. Meij built a Western style palace, which was like a prince's castle with modern technology. He also set up a Western-style parliament, which always met everyday. The warriors and turtle ships of China were replaced with a new navy and army, with fighting and sea battling methods by adviser from US, Germany, Russia, and France. Factory businesses, industries, agriculture, and railroad, road, and canal systems were setting up. Trade flourished faster than they once did. Factories started to produce goods faster, cheaper, and better than ever before. Soon, they used the goods to trade fro riches. China became the wealthiest nation, after Britain in the world. The gold and other riches help China create economies and huge structures. Meij built the first dynamic structure, called Shimizu Mega-City, big as 100 Great Pyramids, enough to store a population big as Tokyo. It had a high speed train system and buildings. Meij said it was 500 times stronger and harder than a diamond, and to withstand natural disasters. China started to create railways in China and crossed around Asia, which the world's fastest train, Super Light Speeder Dragon, goes on, a half mile per second (but its speed does not affect everyone in there). China had a new economy, richer and larger than the largest and richest today. Schools became advanced in education from the West, as well as discovering other things. Cities were built in a modern style of America and the West. Cities than were built more properly, as electricity was introduced, China created Nuclear plants, oil wells, coal mines, dams, and power plants for it.
China then became an industrial superpower, the one of the most wealthiest and greatest industrial and commerce nation in the world.
A New Government
Meij wanted to have China a new set of rules and a government. Meij set new laws based on the American Congress rules. People soon had a better way of life. As old age pensions, schools, orphanages, organizations, and new stores were set up, people had a chance to get their lives better and improved. The new government was known as the dynastic governmental monarchy. It was aid that a dynasty could be set and a king could have absolute power and wealth, but his power was actually "ruled" by another government- democracy, oligarchy, or an republic. Meij chose a democracy to rule his power. Soon, the governemt had new fair rules and life in China was much better.
The Great Immigration
Meij in 1830, 20 years before he died was worried about the increasing population. He then wanted USA, the British Empire, Russia France, Germany, and Italy to house the Chinese immigrants. The government sent 20 ships carrying 1 thousand passengers each. For 5 years, tens of thousands of people immigrated to other countries. Most Chinese were scholars to learn about Western education. Others wanted to invite missionaries to China to convert people to Christianity. China wanted people to get new lives in many empires. By 1900, 3 million Chinese were put into new areas.
After Meij died 1850, his son Yi-Sun Shi became emperor. Under him, he wanted China to become the most dominant industrial power of Asia. He made improvements in factories, created new jobs, and signed jobless people to jobs. Despite his efforts, he was a very popular emperor. The cities were bad. Many reforms were not made because his harsh laws forcing people to work 10 hours a day.
A Chinese farmer name Lei Zu gathered over half its population to prepare a revolution. Many generals felt that the government is bad too, so they joined Lei Zu. In 1862, the revolution broke out. Lei Zu set fire to the palace, killing the emperor and his family.
World War 1
In 1914- an event happened in the same time. Germany was jealous of the Chinese Navy that became the ruler of the seas. They started to battle at the sea-however, the warships of the Chinese were more advanced as as well turned quicker than the German ships. The Germans had 150 ships and the Chinese had 50,000 ships, and had better weapons and a clever battle planning. It is said that they fire on the German navy, avoid their shooting, and repeats on and on, and finally, the German Navy was destroyed.
The Germans had it. China allied with US and West Europe (except Germany) to fight the Germans. While other nations had trenches, China had none, instead they used huge deep pits with spikes to trap enemy soldiers in them. Finally, the Germans surrendered when China marched in Berlin. Many results happened, Britain covered Africa, Oceania, Antarctica, North and South America, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, all islands of Japan (except the four largest), the countries that bordered Austrian Empire in Southeast Europe, Southwest Russia, every Mediterranean Island, Spain, Portugal, Southwest France, the city of Calais, the Low Countries, Northern Europe, Northeast Russia next to Finland, part of Germany near Denmark, the French province of Nice, Monaco, Southern Italy, and colonies of Tibet, Xi Delta, Taiwan, and Hainan, though still part and ruled by China. China became the workshop of the world, and the last was Germany was forced to reduce its army.
When Benito Mussolini 1932 became monarch of Italy, he wanted to create a empire in Africa. Chinese spies spread this message to the rest of the world. By 1934, the world was at war again. This time, Italy attacked the whole of British Africa and took control of West and Northern Africa, but China blockaded the country, so it surrendered, and the Country became a part of Britain with its allies Japan, Switzerland, Southeast Asia, and Liechtenstien.