East Asia: China, Korea, Japan 1914 CE

Japan has successfully modernized, and has gained international status at the expense of China and Korea.

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What is happening in East Asia: China, Korea, Japan in 1914CE

The end of the Qing dynasty

Over the last few troubled decades the old tributary system, which was centered on China and which for the last few centuries of its history had dominated almost all East Asia, has now well and truly vanished. The smaller countries have mostly fallen under Western control (Vietnam, Burma and Laos). China herself has been unable to find an effective answer to the Western challenge, to the extent that the Qing dynasty, along with the entire age-old imperial system, has now gone, replaced by a republic.

Growth of Japan

Japan has been the outstanding success story of the region, having created a modern, industrial nation on the foundations of a feudal society, in the space of one generation. This has enabled it to build a powerful military machine, which it has used to take its place alongside the Western powers seeking “spheres of influence” in China. It has in fact become the most aggressive of these powers, having conquered Korea and other territories, and defeated, first China, and then Russia, in war.

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