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Li Hongzhang - Qing Dynasty Politician

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My name is Jason Blair and it is my pleasure to assist you today with some notes related to Li Hongzhang of China. By way of introduction, I am a professor in the state of Arizona.

It is important to note that Li Hongzhang was a politician within the Qing Empire. He was also a general in the army and a diplomat serving the country of China. He was born in 1823 and died on November 7, 1901. During his political career, he was instrumental in squashing several rebellions through the years. In addition, he was a member of the Imperial Court, during which time he was in several highly influential positions, including for a time being the premier viceroyalty of Zhili.

In the West, Li Hongzhang was best known for being pro-modern, wanting to move China progressively ahead. In addition, he was regarded as a master negotiator. At times he did antagonize the West, particularly Great Britian, because of his support for Russia in an attempt to put a stop to Japanese Expansionism. He also fell out of favor somewhat with China after they lost the 1894 Sino-Japanese War. To this day, as a historical figure in China, he remains somewhat controversial. Some criticize him for various mistakes made in his political and military career, while others praise him for his role in successfully tapering the Taiping Rebellion. He also is highly regarded for this diplomatic skills when defending Chinese interests abroad, particularly during an age of unequal treaties, and his is also well known for playing a key role in further China's own industrial and military modernization. At one point he was presented with the Royal Victorian Order by Queen ...

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