Mao's Impact Of Foreign Intervention In China

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Foreign Intervention did play a pivotal role in transforming China during this period. Throughout this essay I will be assessing the impact of foreign intervention through each of the leaders of China. Deng modernised the Chinese economy in a way that had never been seen making it one of the leading economies of the 20th century through the use of foreign influence but he made little political impact. Mao, on the other hand, damaged the economy greatly and his political reform means that his legacy still lives and he is still celebrated as one of the greatest leaders to date. Although not as prominent a figure, the political impact of Chiang cannot be ignored. The downfall of the Qing Dynasty cannot be ignored as well as the 1911 revolution was a huge factor during this time in changing China. Having considered all the factors, it is to a large extent that I suggest Deng Xiaoping had the greatest impact on China because if it wasn’t for him and the way he encountered foreign influence during his time in charge, China would be stuck in Confucianism. Thus, although for much of this period it seemed foreign interference especially in the time of Mao seemed limited much of Chinas change was as a result of foreign influence. Although they were many short term events that brought about the revolution in 1911 such as nationalising the railways, leaving Pu Yi as Emperor of China and then using Yuan Shikai to crush the local rebellions. Sun Yatsen and the Nationalists was another short term influence in the transformation in China in the early twentieth century as Sun Yatsen formed the Guomindang in Tokyo 1905 where it wanted to bring an end to the imperial system and believing that a republic was the only way to bring real reform as wel... ... middle of paper ... ...test political and economic impact through the use of working with foreign powers in order to modernize China. To conclude, although for much of the 20th century in China foreign influence was limited, the most change occurred when foreign influence was involved. Politically, it was revolutionised through leaders such as Chiang Kai-shek and Mao who were influenced by foreign powers such as USSR and France. Chiang Kai-shek and Mao both emphasised that the use of Confucian ideas clearly would not work in order to transform China. Economically China was unstable. Deng was the only leader to recognise the only way to modernize China was through the use of foreign influence, for instance the ‘open door policy’ which improved the economy through international trade. Overall, foreign influence was the most significant factor in transforming China during the 20th centu
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