Historical Events In China Essay

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1544 words
1544 words

Yihan Huang
Term Paper
Prof. Zhang

The Impact of Historical Events on Society and Individuals in China
Throughout the entire Chinese history, we can clearly see that there are a number of historical events that had huge impact on the Chinese society and generations in China. Some of those historical events had already ended couple generations ago; some of them are still being unceasingly reformed and still exerting until now; yet, fair enough to say that each one of them had tremendous influence on Chinese society regardless the influence is positive or negative.
Ranking the most influencing historical events throughout the Chinese history, there are two prime events that seem unforgettable- they are the Cultural Revolution and the Chinese Economic Reform. It is certain that people hardly can give them an order in which differentiates them in terms of how much impact each event had to the Chinese society and individuals; because each one of them were and still are influencing not just one single aspect of Chinese society in either a positive way or a negative way.
Speaking of the Cultural Revolution, to the generation who has experienced it, it is a nightmare. 10-year Cultural Revolution has gradually been a blur in Chinese people’s mind, especially to the younger generation such as my generation. However, the consequences of Cultural Revolution are profoundly devastating to the Chinese society; as Chinese people said, history is like a mirror in which can reflect many problems that are occurring contemporarily. The same mistake in which we have made can still be made in the future if we do not learn from our past. Unquestionably, the Culture Revolution was, as many people believed, the “darkest 10 years” in the moder...

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...tudents. Because of Cultural Revolution, the younger generation are more and more westernized and materialism and losing their interests in traditional cultures. It is hard to judge whether or not those changes are right; only time can reveal.


Chow, Gregory C. "CHINA’S ECONOMY: REFORM AND PERSPECTIVES." Princeton University. N.p., 15 Apr. 1999. Web. 23 Apr. 2014.

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Ianchovichina, Elena, and Will Martin. "Trade Liberalization in China's Accession to the World Trade Organization." Google Books. World Bank Publications, June 2001. Web. 23 Apr. 2014.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes the impact of historical events on society and individuals in china. some of them had already ended couple generations ago; others are still being unceasingly reformed.
  • Explains that the cultural revolution and the chinese economic reform are the most influencing historical events in china's history.
  • Opines that the 10-year cultural revolution is a nightmare to the generation who has experienced it. the consequences are profoundly devastating for the chinese society.
  • Explains that chairman mao launched the cultural revolution because he believed that the privileged class would hurt the newly established communist china.
  • Explains that the cultural revolution had not forwarded the chinese national economy as many people believed or expected. the red guards were encouraged to "criticize and strike down" their teachers, professors, doctors, and high-ranking military generals.
  • Explains that the cultural revolution was led to a completely different direction. people used it as excuse for things they wanted to do as well as things that they did not want to. red guards started to separate into many different groups.
  • Explains that during the cultural revolution, more than 1 million people were killed or humiliated to death; others were suffering in endless mental and physical torture and imprisonment.
  • Explains the chinese economic reform, a program of reforming china's national economy. the reformation was started in 1978, 2 years after the cultural revolution.
  • Explains how the chinese government realized that the national economy needed to be reformed in 1978, but no one had ever blueprinted an economic reformation. foreign direct investments helped the country rocket up year by year.
  • Explains how china changed from collective farming to private farming and market reform for the agricultural sector was essentially completed.
  • Explains that before the economic reformation, the industry sector was largely controlled by the central government through a socialist system in which provided no stimulation on growth of revenue and productivity.
  • Explains that china has been shifting from a capital absorbing country to an investing capital outputting country since joining the world trading organization.
  • Explains that the chinese globalization led by the reformation would jeopardize the domestic firms. however, more companies in the private sector substitute those low productivity and low efficient state owned business and seize a bigger portion of the market share.
  • Opines that social changes caused by historical events are happening everyday in our lives. economic reform, foreign universities and high schools are filled with chinese students, and the cultural revolution, the younger generation are more and more westernized.
  • Cites chow, gregory c., roucher, martin, and ianchovichina, elena. "trade liberalization in china's accession to the world trade organization."
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