The Regional Span Of Sun Yat Sen’s Republicanism


Sun Yat Sen In Penang By Khoo Salma Nasution: Areca Books. 2008 128 pages

Few dates in East Asia’s recent past act so well as a watershed for the scholar writing on the modern history of the region as October 10, 1911 does. On that day, the Wuchang Uprising in China started what became known as the Xinhai Revolution that effectively ended China’s dynastic history on February 12, 1912. That day, the last emperor, Pu Yi, abdicated, and the Republic of China came into being.

Today, exactly a century later, China, India and Korea, among other Asian polities, have joined Japan as major economic powers.

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