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In 1644 the Manchus took over China and founded the Qing dynasty The Qing werent the worst rulers under them the arts flowered and culture bloomed Moreover they attempted to copy Chinese institutions and philosophy to a much greater extent than then the Mongols of the Yuan However in their attempt to to emulate the Chinese they were even more conservative and inflexible than the Ming Their approach to foreign policy which was to make everyone treat the Emperor like the Son of Heaven and not acknowledge other countries as being equal to China didnt rub the West the right way even when the Chinese were in the moral right as in the Opium Wars which netted Britain Hong Kong and Kowloon To live during the Qing Dynasty was to live in interesting times Most importantly the Western world attempted to make contact on a government-to-government basis and at least initially failed The Chinese more specifically the ultra-conservative Manchus had no room in their world-view for the idea of independent equal nations this viewpoint to a certain degree still persists today There was the rest of the world and then there was China It wasnt that they rejected the idea of a community of nations its that they couldnt conceive of it It would be like trying to teach a Buddhist monk about the Father Son and the Holy Ghost This viewpoint was so pervasive that Chinese reformers who advocated more flexibility in Chinas dealings with the West were often accused of being Westerners with Chinese faces Other problems that plagued the late 1840 onwards Qing included rampant corruption a steady decentralization of power and the unfortunate fact that they were losing control on too many fronts at the same time Rebellions sprouted like mushrooms after a rain apocalyptic cults undermined what little official authority remained Several of the rebellions such as the Taiping Rebellion very nearly succeeded Compounding the problems was
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