A History Of The Far East In Modern Times

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THE COUNTRY AND ITS RESOURCES

The tin modern history of the Far Eastern countries begins with the draw. ing of those states from their long-continued seclusion into contact with the Occidental world.

This history has been shaped in large part by outside forces, the operation of which in each case has resulted in a modification of ancient cultures and long-established and firmly-rooted institutions.

If these changes and the historical developments attending them are to be understood, the general condition of society at the beginning of the modern period must be appreciated.

Consequently, the attempt must be made to describe pre-modern China in its many-sided life as a necessary preliminary to the tracing of the pattern of its history since 1842.

At the time of the opening of the East to intercourse with the West, the Chinese Empire consisted of: (1) China proper, comprising the eighteen provinces.

(2) Manchuria, now divided into three provinces; (3) such dependencies as Tibet, Mongolia, and Sinkiang, with which close supervisory relations were maintained; and (4) nominally vassal states such as Korea and Annam.

Excluding the vassal states, but including the dependencies, China had a total area of 4,277,170 square miles of the compact territory-an area exceeding that of the United States.

Including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, by 705,947 square miles. We may place the region geographically, and to some extent climatically.

By observing that it extends, from north to south, from the extremes presented by Vancouver, B. C., on the north and Mexico City on the south.

Thus it falls largely in the north temperate zone, with variations ranging from the tropical to the extremely cold regions.

This made possible a well-diversified agricultural life, with the staple crops including rice, cotton, sugar, tea, wheat, barley, millet, and other cereals.

Because of this varied productivity, the Chinese were able not only to provide themselves with food, but also to develop an industrial activity sufficient to supply their limited needs for clothing, implements, and ornaments.

It made possible the development of as extensive trade as the limited means of communication permitted.

AuthorHarold M Vinacke
LanguageEnglish
Pages906
PDF Size84.0 MB
CategoryHistory

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