Before becoming the superpower that we know the country as today however, China endured a turbulent period. Varyingly referred to as the Century of Shame or the Century of Humiliation, the period between 1839 and 1949 is not remembered with fondness in China. For the first and only time in the nation’s history, Japan and the west considered China an easy target for domination and subjugation.
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Further Reading: A Century Of Humiliation – Global Humiliation That Is