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Anti-Imperialist Movements
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Ever since China "opened up" to the outside world, it was perceived by the great powers as having a population from which a particularly high degree of resistance to imperialistic advances had to be expected. This permanent willingness to protest played its part in making European powers less ready to intervene militarily in China than in other parts of Asia. Anti-imperialism in a form ready to strike developed as early as the Opium Wars with the Sany…

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Osterhammel, Jürgen, “Anti-Imperialist Movements”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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