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In 1839, Europeans began to take control of cities and countries in Asia, resulting in their expansion. When the Europeans (especially Britain) were later expanding towards east Asia, they forced their culture onto these east Asian countries such as China. Religion was the main change made to China by the Europeans, yet many of the peasants in China did not like the decisions and the power of the Europeans, which led to a series of peasant rebellions. Chinese religion had witnessed
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  In 1839, Europeans began to take control of cities and countries in Asia, resulting in their expansion. When the Europeans (especiall !ritain #ere later expanding to#ardseast Asia, the forced their culture onto these east Asian countries such as $hina. %eligion #as the &ain change &ade to $hina b the Europeans, et &an of the peasants in $hina did not like the decisions and the po#er of the Europeans, #hich led to a series of peasant rebellions. $hinese religion had #itnessed &inor distortions that #ere caused  b !ritain's desire to expand their culture and econo& and force it onto the $hinese. European i&perialis& caused confrontation and disco&fort in $hina b atte&pting to change the $hinese culture, specificall the religion, ust to continue their explosi)e expansion across Asia. !ritain's control of $hina, beginning in 1839, #as )er forceful and unustified, changing the #hole aspect of $hinese culture including their o#n religions. European i&perialis& brought religious dsfunction in $hina through the forcefulcontrol of the !ritish during their expansion into Asia. *he !ritish #ere not a force to be taunt #ith, their expansion &ethods caused depression and &isfortune for the con+uered lands. *he threatened those #ho did not follo# their o#n beliefs, but the Europeans did integrate so&e of the religion, culture, and go)ern&ent of these captured people into their o#n societ. In an article about rientalis&, the author stated, -All cultures i&pose corrections upon ra# realit, changing it fro& freefloating obects into units of kno#ledge.(/aid, Ed#ard W., rientalis&, 0e# ork2 intage !ooks, 1949, 5556, 74 .When Europe arri)ed in $hina, and began to transfor& the religious beliefs and guidelines, the #ere changing the $hinese religion into #hat the belie)ed ($hristianit . *he Europeans acted in such #a because the belie)ed the $hinese #ere  learning the #rong teachings. *his beca&e a negati)e effect on the $hinese because foreigners had done a#a #ith their o#n religion, and the $hinese had been forced into learning a ne# religion. *he author, ubois, *ho&as a)id, of :ege&on, I&perialis&, and the $onstruction of %eligion in East and /outheast Asia #rote, -! the late nineteenth centur, the global reach of the !ritish, ;rench, and utch e&pires, #as an inescapable realit...the entire Asian continent #as dra#n into a single set of &ilitar,  political, and ideological conflict (  History and Theory , )ol. 66, no. 6, 5<<=, pp. 113>131.,###.stor.org?stable?3=9<87< .- ue to the asse&blage of European countries in Asia, *he continent had been brought together as a #hole under the po#er of a foreign co&&unit. *he constant expansion into $hina b the Europeans pro)oked the $hinese to act out against the European leaders. Europeans acted &ore to help the&sel)es beco&ethe superior nation, than to ac+uire their acceptance for those of a different faith and culture. *heir actions put in place to control the $hinese nation did not #ork in their fa)or, for the $hinese co&&enced a rebellion to gain their freedo& back fro& Europe.European i&perialis& caused tension #ith the $hinese, that off put the balance of religion in china b European in)asions forcefull change their beliefs. *he decision of !ritain to in)ade china #as srcinall purel econo&ic@ $hina's econo& #as doing extre&el #ell due to the output of silk, tea, and porcelain. $hina during the ti&e, onl took pa&ents for trade in sil)er, #hich !ritain did not ha)e, this lead to the in)asions. Inthe beginning, !ritain's onl #ill #as these goods. et #ith control, co&es #ant of  po#er@ and !ritain began forcing $hristianit upon their underlings. $hinese religions during the &odern era #ere apart of their culture, et in Europe, religion #as ust another concept Europeans belie)ed in and argued o)er. %eligions in $hina #ere balanced as  apart of their o#n ci)iliation, before !ritain's control@ the had so &uch po#er o)er $hina that e)en &odernl, -scholars ha)e introduced a #ide range of practices into their analsis of $hinese religion and criticied the fla#ed Eurocentric definition of $hinese religion as consisting of *aois&, !uddhis& and $onfucianis&. (Boh 1<8 *he basis of $hinese religion after !ritish rule beca&e so centered on European stles and cultures, taking a#a fro& $hina's. *hese religions in East Asia are so do&inant in their societ that $hina's entire #a of life to be &ore European based. As stated in the article b aniel C./. Boh, -*he do&inant scholarl )ie# treats $hinese religion not as a theological entit, but a cultural co&plex that celebrates the lifecourse of indi)iduals in the $hinese co&&unit, a participator religion of ethnic rites of passage that defines the spatialte&poralit of the $hinese life#orld (1<8 . *his ust gi)es little insight into the depth and co&plexit of the )alue of religion in $hina, )ersus basicall ust the #ant of  po#er fro& !ritain, so &uch so that the #ould ruin e)erthing the can #itness that $hinese stand for #hich includes their religion as their culture rather than ust a religious or scriptural concept. European i&perialis& caused confrontation and disco&fort in $hina b atte&pting to change the $hinese culture, specificall the religion, to continue their )olatile, sudden, and dra&atic expansion across Asia. !ritain's control of $hina, beginning in 1839, #as )er insistent, dna&ic and unustified, changing the #hole aspect of $hinese ci)iliationincluding their o#n religions. *he transfor&ation of $hinese religion #as the &ain focal point for European control of $hina. *hrough the religion, the #ere able to force and co&&and the $hinese because of the loalt gi)en to the religious leaders. /o&e #ill argue that the $hinese religion #as not ta&pered #ith, but rather the $hinese #ere  enraged that the Europeans #ould dare to expand into $hina. ne could argue that the effects of European i&perialis& in china #ere not necessaril positi)e, but not as harsh and har&ful to $hinese religions, because the spread of &an religions dispersed #as unbalanced, et due to the upset peasants fro& the in)asions of !ritain, this sho#s ho# onl one negati)e effect can lead to &an others. *he upset peasants lead to re)olts and e)en killing@ forcing people to obe and change their religions co&pletel. *his is #h there are &an negati)e, har&ful effects of European i&perialis& in $hina.
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