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Chinas 1911 Revolution Many aspects of Chinas history attributed to Chinas revolution in 1911 These aspects were both long term and short term Chinas 1911 revolution was somewhat different from those in other countries in that the factors leading up to it were not mainly short termthey were part of Chinas long term and inbred culture It was because of these established roots and ideas that the 1911 revolution did not completely succeed in changing the outlook of many people in China and is often seen in accordance with the effects of the communist revolution in 1949 and then again with the Cultural revolution of the 1960s Generally there is not one source that makes a revolution transpire Chinas 1911 revolution was no different in that the reasons that it happened were numerous Both short term and many long term situations in China mixed together to make a lethal combination of simmering restless and frustrating problems Taxation in China was a big predicament As uprisings sprung up all over the country the government had to increase taxes to suppress these rebellions But because of corruption on a grand-scale within the government half the money never reached anywhere other that officials pockets So the taxes were further increased Then because of indemnity payments to other powers the taxes were increased again and because the customs tax couldnt be increased fixed tax they had to be increased again As the tried to undertake reform programmes the taxes were increased again All this on an already starving and miserable population Foreign trade upset the natural balance of the economy because the foreign made goods were often cheaper than Chinese made products This lead to a decline in Chinese industry and a debasement of the Chinese currency The exhausting corruption which soured the lower levels of government and the way top positions in the government were monopolised ruthlessly added the peoples general tiredness of the way
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