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Tan wrote that the scholars who followed lost the true meaning of the teachings of and allowed rulers to use Confucianism to control the country. They added the four bonds that made the minister subordinate to the ruler, the son to the father, the wife to the husband, and the younger brother to the older brother. These relationships of authoritarian domination shackle people’s minds so that they are afraid to think or speak. The husband considers himself a master and so does not treat his wife as an equal. In ancient China the wife did not lose her right to be a master because she could ask for a divorce. The fifth Confucian relationship of friendship is the only one that is freely chosen and based on equality, making it most beneficial and least harmful. Tan commented that the ruler is not superior physically nor mentally, and yet he uses his power to oppress four hundred million people. Tan wrote, “If public affairs are not well managed, it is a universal principle that the ruler should be replaced.”2 He advocated a universal community with the moral idealism of , Mahayana Buddhism, Neo-Confucianism, and Christianity combined with the industrial commercialism of the modern West.

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On May 8, 1911 Prince Chun appointed a cabinet of thirteen ministers with five royal relatives and only four Han Chinese. The Federation of Provincial Assemblies met again and on June 4 organized a political party called the Friends of the Constitution (Xianyuhui) or the People’s Party. On July 13 the Revolutionary Alliance established a Central China Bureau in Shanghai with Song Jiaoren as leader. In Hubei the Common Advancement Society and the Military Study Society planned a united action and invited Song to lead the revolution because Sun Yat-sen was traveling in the United States. During the revolution the business community contributed more than seven million Chinese silver dollars to the United League.

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Nine days after Sun returned to Japan, he spoke in the offices of the on July 28 on the need for unity and intellectuals in the revolution. Two days later seventy people (mostly students) met and decided to form the Revolutionary Alliance (Tongmenghui). On August 13 more than seven hundred students crowded into and around the Fuji Restaurant to hear Sun speak, and one week later the Revolutionary Alliance was officially founded as Sun read the charter to three hundred people in the home of a Japanese member of parliament. In 1906 they enrolled 963 members; all but one hundred of them were students in Tokyo, but they were from every province in China but one. Sun’s “Manifesto of the Military Government” explained his plan to have military rule for three years after the revolution while slavery, foot-binding, opium use, and political corruption were removed. Then in the next six years local self-government would be developed before the military government was dissolved and replaced by a constitution.

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In November 1897 Yan Fu began editing the daily in Tianjin and a weekly magazine. He translated by Thomas Huxley, and by John Stuart Mill, by Herbert Spencer, by Montesquieu, and by Adam Smith. Yan had observed the English and believed that Western policies needed democratic institutions that would allow social evolution. He criticized the examination system and wanted to replace Confucianism with Western ideas. He believed that China must develop scientific education and nationalism. Of the 567 works translated into Chinese in the second half of the 19th century 78% were on the various sciences, whereas before that an even larger percentage had been religious books. Lin Shu was a prolific translator of Western literature, and he worked with a partner who translated orally as he wrote in Chinese style versions of novels by Charles Dickens, Rider Haggard, Walter Scott, Alexander Dumas, and others, a total of 159 books. In his introductions he promoted better human relations, social progress, and patriotism.

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In 1895 Kang and Liang went to Beijing to take the triennial exams. They wrote a 10,000-word memorial and gathered 602 signatures from graduates in eighteen provinces to urge rejection of the peace treaty. They proposed moving the capital, continuing the war, and initiating major reforms that included increasing taxes on the rich, building a railway network to improve commerce, developing industry and shipping, exploiting China’s mineral resources in coal, iron, lead, and tin, unifying and stabilizing Chinese currency, and establishing a national postal system. Liang’s exam paper was rejected as the most radical, and Kang was appointed only a secondary secretary on the Board of Public Works. Kang rejected this and wrote a series of memorials. His third memorial was forwarded to the throne on June 3, 1895, and the Emperor ordered some copies made for a few authorities. Kang’s fourth memorial suggested a parliament and was blocked by the Censorate and the Board of Public Works. Kang Youwei and his brother Kang Guangren founded the Anti-Foot-binding Association in Guangdong.

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