It’s not easy always being right about history. How the end of the Qing dynasty once got me thrown out of a pub quiz.
On this date in 1912, Sun Yat-sen was named the new president of the new Republic of China. Wacky hilarity then ensued.
Has there ever been a blander term than “Spring Festival”? For thousands of years it was simply the New Year, at least according to the moon. So what changed? (Cross-posted on Rectified.name)
Trusting Yuan Shikai to nourish a fragile young republican government was basically akin to dousing a three-year old in A1 Sauce and putting him in the care of a rabid honey badger, but the demise of the first republican experiment might not have been as inevitable as some believe.
Part II of The Wire guide to the 1911 Revolution and some closing thoughts on the significance of 1911 in today’s political climate.