Vaystar asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 10 years ago

Was China historically strong?

As in overall throughout its entire history, was China generally a strong and powerful country? For example, is China's military history (again throughout entire Chinese history) respectable?

7 Answers

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Yes china was historically strong especially when the Qin Dynasty took over. The Qin Dynasty forced their men to be strong to never give up and most important not to be afraid of anything. Ever since the Qin Dynasty China has developed in military forces and yet they still are. China's current President Hu Jintao is increasing the number of military forces to keep their country safe if ever in war. if you are interested any further please view this list of china's Ruler's/Presidents :)

    * Liu Pang, founder of the Han dynasty (206–195 B.C.)

    * Wu-ti, posthumous temple name of the fifth emperor (140–87 B.C.) of the Han dynasty

    * Wang Mang, Chinese Han dynasty regent (45 B.C.–A.D. 23)

    * Sui, dynasty of China that ruled from 581 to 618

    * Hsüan-tsung, Chinese emperor (712–56), ninth of the T'ang dynasty

    * Sung, dynasty of China that ruled 960–1279

    * Chao K'uang-yin, founder of the Sung dynasty (960–79)

    * Hui-tsung, Chinese emperor of the Northern Sung dynasty, painter, and a great patron of art (1082–1135)

    * Kublai Khan, Mongol emperor, founder of the Yüan dynasty of China (1215–94)

    * Ming, dynasty of China that ruled from 1368 to 1644

    * Yung-lo, reign title of the third emperor (1403–24) of the Chinese Ming dynasty

    * Nurhaci, Manchu national founder (1559–1626)

    * Manchu, people who lived in Manchuria for many centuries and who ruled China from 1644 until 1912

    * K'ang-hsi, second emperor of the Ch'ing dynasty of China (1661–1722)

    * Ch'ien-lung, reign title of the fourth emperor (1735–96) of the Ch'ing dynasty

    * Tz'u Hsi, Tsu Hsi, dowager empress of China (1861–1908) and regent (1861–73, 1874–89, 1898–1908)

    * Kuang-hsu, emperor of China (1875–1908)

    * Henry Pu Yi, last emperor (1908–12) of China

    * Yüan Shih-kai, president of China (1912–16)

    * Li Yüan-hung, president of China (1916–17, 1922–23)

    * Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese Nationalist leader (1928–48)

    * Lin Sen, president of China (1932–43)

    * Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China (1943–76)

    * Deng Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary and government leader (1945–89)

    * Li Peng, Chinese premier (1987–98)

    * Jiang Zemin, president of China (1993–2003)

    * Hu Jintao, president of China (2003– )

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    mostly, yes. Until the sixteenth century AD China was probably the world's most advanced power and without a doubt the largest single country on earth. Its armies were strong and fairly well equipped.

    China really began to fall behind after this point, however. Isolationist policies and the rapid ascension of European Empires meant that China was nowhere near as strong on paper. By the eighteenth century China was far behind Britain and France in particular, which had strong navies as well as powerful and well-equipped armies. Chinese military successes were very limited after this point, and Chinese field armies never succeeded against more modern Western ones. By the nineteenth century the gap was at its most pronounced; the Opium Wars saw Chinese troops so suspicious of western technology that they went into battle with swords instead of muskets. By the turn of the twentieth century China was in crisis, after being defeated by Japan in 1895 and wracked by the Boxer rebellion in 1900. The Imperial government fell in 1911, prompting near-continuous civil war until 1941. Japan invaded China in 1932 and world war II brought the warring Chinese factions together in 1941. After the Japanese defeat in 1945 China slipped back into Civil War until the formation of the PRC in 1949. Between 1911 and 1949 China's military reputation was pretty low as the country was wracked by corruption and armies were largely made up of bandits.

    Since the formation of the PRC, China has been attempting to improve its military reputation, but this has been difficult; China performed badly against the Vietnamese in the 1980s and is only now becoming a competent naval power.

  • 5 years ago

    Historically China was immensely powerful, it's most powerful periods in it's history being the Han dynasty and the Tang dynasty (which held around 1/3 to 1/5 of the entire world's gross domestic produce). No European power could match it's might after the fall of Rome, only until the later half of the 18th century, China began to loose the upper hand. Mainly due to a devastating annihilation caused by mongols in the 1200s which halted the proto-industrial age of china and prevented it's could-have-been industrial revolution back in the 1000s. This tragedy caused by the mongols did to the Chinese what the black plague did to the Europeans, it threw them back by years. This allowed Europe to steadily catch up as the did not experience imperial rule under mongols (though they could have, the untimely death of Genghis Khan the leader of the mongols saved the Europeans).

    The Ming dynasty had an armada larger than most modern navies.

    After the fall of the Ming Dynasty in 1644 China was ruled by foreigners, a nomadic people called Manchurians. They were extremely conservative, and usually very incompetent, leading to a complete halt in the once flourishing scientific development in China. Finally the colonial powers took over China's status of power.

    Source(s): Ap World History Student
  • 10 years ago

    Historically it was one of the strongest countries, until the 19th century when the industrial revolution happened. Due to its isolation from the world, China missed out on it and was set back further by the cultural revolution and the great leap forward. But since the Open Door policy enforced by Deng Xiaoping has allowed China to regain momentum and it is now one of the biggest economies in the world.

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  • Walle
    Lv 5
    6 years ago

    Was hard to compare back then without an equal measure ie (USD, lol) but one example was Industrial output of iron in China during the 13-14th century was not matched by continental europe until the industrial revolution

  • 5 years ago

    yes.5000 years ,

  • 6 years ago


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