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CHALLENGES IN CHINA, THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM: 1800–1912

When Steven Pinker’s book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined was published in 2011, the public and academic reaction was cool. His assertion that violence has been on the decline for the last 10,000 years was radical to say the least. Still, as a renowned Harvard professor, Pinker couldn’t be summarily dismissed and his data drew attention. Since then it has become widely accepted that he was right. The world is in an era of unprecedented peace.

As violent as our human societies can be today (and there certainly are many ongoing issues that should not be taken lightly) an analysis of history makes apparent that things used to be much worse. Just how much worse becomes clear when we look at past episodes such as the Taiping Rebellion that China suffered.

Without the study of history we would have no access to the knowledge that we are living in a time that is very different than the past. Nor would we have the inclination to look for the factors that have precipitated this change. But understanding what brought about the decline in violence will be the key to continuing to make the world safer and more secure.

Read the information in the following article:

Pinker, S. (2011). Violence Vanquished. The Wall Street Journal. Sept. 24, 2011.http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424053111904106704576583203589408180

Answer the following questions:

  1. How does the condition of stability in China today compare with that of the 19th century (1800s)?
  2. How does the condition of stability in China today compare with that of the 20th century (1900s)?
  3. What is Pinker’s thesis about the change in violence over time?
  4. To what does Pinker attribute the decline in civil wars and civil unrest?

SLP Assignment Expectations

In Module 2 SLP, you are expected to:

  • Answer the questions clearly, using full sentences with correct grammar and spelling.
  • Write one or two paragraphs on each question.


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How does the condition of stability in China today compare with that of the 19th century
(1800s?)
China has grown and developed immensely over the past two centuries. It has mostly progressed
politically, socially and economically. China precisely lagged behind economically in the 19th
century compared to Britain which was better off. It mainly concentrated on the tea and silk
industries. China had a majorly political leadership, the Qing dynasty. Under this leadership,
China underwent some of the major radical changes which involved bloody civil wars. The wars
in the 19th century were severely brutal claiming thousands of lives. The Taiping Rebellion,
precisely, was the major brutal event which triggered shed of blood. Unlike the foreigners who
were well equipped, China faced a heavy defeat because the lacked they adequate technology.
The foreigners were however armed with modernized technology like warships and vessels.
Compared to the 19th century, China has r...

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