Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture

SN 1 | EP 24 | China's Last Dynasty: Fall of the Manchus

Finally, examine the factors that led to the dissolution of China's empire. Contrast the powerful military machine of the early Manchu dynasty with its degradation by the 19th century. Grasp how the three pillars of Manchu power - its military, its cultural/economic influence, and its subjects' loyalty - were systematically undermined, culminating in the abdication of the last emperor in 1912.

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