[quote=“Screaming Jesus”]Thank God that Dr. Sun came along and did away with all that corruption that flourished under the Qing (Ch’ing).
Yuan Shikai was officially elected president in 1913. However, Yuan dissolved the ruling Kuomintang and declared himself emperor in 1915. Yup he sure did away with all that corruption.
So I guess this would make Chiang Kai-shek the Apostle Paul? ( I was thinking more along the lines of Judas, not bad for a warlord and regional thug)
The thing about Sun is, he was more of a figurehead than anything else. He didn’t start the Chinese revolution, but rather ran to the front of the parade and started hoisting a baton, so to speak. He only lasted a couple of months as president, and his book was important more as a symbol than for its contents.[/quote] Agreed!
He was never actually president he was the provisional leader of the 21 article “Outline for the Organization of Provisional Government,” a treatise which served as the basis for the establishment of the provisional senate in Nanking. This first president thing is a common mistake and works better with the whole mythology of a culture hero, rather than the plain old truth. Facts sometimes get in the way of romance.