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Was Confucianism Responsible for Chinas Failure to Modernize How significant was Chinas more than 1000-year tradition of a stable hierarchial Confucian society in keeping China from seeing the need to modernize If you can rule your own country who dares to insult you was a statement that Confucious had once said Confucious was a very influential man and many people in China abided to his statements with feelings of great credence Chinas modernization suffered severely because the people were so fixed on a Cofucian society that Confucious was largely responsible for Imagine living in a country where everyone followed a system that stressed the practice of virtue-especially the cardinal virtues of faithfulness sincerity earnestness and respectfulness-as the route to a stable social order and a defense against forces of corruption Fairbank pg 98 A society that strongly believes in ethnocentrism the idea that a countrys own way of life is far better than all others and a society not wanting to have anything to do with any other countries fearing corruption These examples of the Chinese Confucian society are some of the reasons why China had no intention for the need to modernize China had a very strong sense of nationalism within its people Everyone shared the same language tradition and distinction from other nations China wanted to be separate from all other nations They without a doubt had a legitimate border for there country They went as far as to build the Great Wall to distinguish it and guard it Before the intrusion of foreign peoples in China the country had no ambition for industrial or economic expansion Although they did not begin to modernize until the 19th century their community was still self-sufficient and productive China felt that they were in no need for a change A stable society kept them content The Chinese who were more than happy with there own Confucian society feared the reforms of the
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