The Downfall of China
China is the perfect example of what happens when one leader is given to much
power. The leaders of China were each very afraid of social reform, and the
consequences that outside influence may have on their customs. As a means of initiating
reform, they shut the entire Western world out almost completely. At the time it was a
move that served China well but in the long run it was the downfall of China. While
blindfolded, the Chinese were unable to see the great advancements of the Western
world. With an egocentric government, the Chinese citizens were neglected outside of the
palace walls and the country fell to shambles. Instead of stimulating economic growth the
government suppressed it as the rest of the world advanced. While focused on fear of
internal rebellion the Chinese leaders overlooked the status of their army and were not
prepared for the rest of the world as they fell so far behind in almost every advancement.
Had China remained in contact with the Western world it would have been possible for
them to be as advanced a civilization as the Western world.
As the Chinese government had their head buried in the sand with worry over
losing control of their empire, they neglected to maintain the basic essentials of a
functional country. All of China's canals eventually decayed as they were left unrepaired
for years, the ironworks that China once prided itself one became obsolete with out a
second look, and the army itself was no match for any Western army. The merchants
were of no avail to the poor Chinese civilians as their profits on land and education.
Upon shutting out the rest of the world China had forbidden the use of a printing press.
The expression of social criticism and news of the outside world was banned. The people
of China had no idea what was happening. When the doors had been shut from the
outside world Europe was not as highly advanced as China. Europeans lived in crowded
cities with rodents and foul odors. The Chinese for a period of time lived with the fresh
scent of flowers and tea. As China internally decayed the citizens had nothing to compare
it to for they had always been ahead of Europe in almost everything for so many
After the thirteenth century Western civilization flourished. In Western Europe the
governments encouraged industrial growth and individual commerce as a means of
keeping ahead of the competition. With each distinct country competing with each other a
variety of individual trades were created eventually sparking the Industrial Revolution.
As a result of heavily trading around the world, each country became very wealthy, and
as such their internal economies grew. In Great Britain without government suppression
on individual companies they were able to build the most powerful...