Yuan Shikai

1859 - 1916

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Yuan Shikai (simplified Chinese: 袁世凯; traditional Chinese: 袁世凱; pinyin: Yuán Shìkǎi; 16 September 1859 – 6 June 1916) was a Chinese general and statesman who served as the second provisional president of the Republic of China, head of the Beiyang government from 1912 to 1916 and Emperor of China from 1915 to 1916. A major political figure during the late Qing dynasty, he spearheaded a number of major modernisation programs and reforms and played a decisive role in securing the abdication of the Xuantong Emperor in 1912, which marked the collapse of the Qing monarchy and the end of imperial rule in China. Born to an affluent family in Henan, Yuan began his career in the Huai Army. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yuan Shikai has received more than 2,287,074 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Yuan Shikai is the 619th most popular politician (up from 687th in 2019), the 47th most popular biography from China and the 25th most popular Chinese Politician.

Yuan Shikai was most famous for his role in the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty.

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Among politicians, Yuan Shikai ranks 619 out of 19,576Before him are Manuel I of Portugal, Władysław IV Vasa, Christian X of Denmark, Yongzheng Emperor, Umberto I of Italy, and Gojong of Korea. After him are Reza Shah, Yesugei, Sviatoslav I of Kiev, Anna of Russia, Frederick VIII of Denmark, and John, King of England.

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Among people born in 1859, Yuan Shikai ranks 12Before him are L. L. Zamenhof, Edmund Husserl, John Dewey, Svante Arrhenius, Alfred Dreyfus, and Georges Seurat. After him are Billy the Kid, Sholem Aleichem, Verner von Heidenstam, Jean Jaurès, Alexandre Millerand, and George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston. Among people deceased in 1916, Yuan Shikai ranks 5Before him are Grigori Rasputin, Franz Joseph I of Austria, Jack London, and Ernst Mach. After him are Henryk Sienkiewicz, William Ramsay, Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Élie Metchnikoff, Franz Marc, Odilon Redon, and Umberto Boccioni.

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Among people born in China, Yuan Shikai ranks 47 out of 1,610Before him are Lu Xun (1881), Emperor Wu of Han (-156), Emperor Gaozu of Han (-256), Toshiro Mifune (1920), Hong Taiji (1592), and Yongzheng Emperor (1678). After him are Mozi (-470), Shunzhi Emperor (1638), Wang Mang (-45), Sun Quan (182), Cao Pi (187), and Jet Li (1963).


Among politicians born in China, Yuan Shikai ranks 25Before him are Nurhaci (1559), Zhou Enlai (1898), Emperor Wu of Han (-156), Emperor Gaozu of Han (-256), Hong Taiji (1592), and Yongzheng Emperor (1678). After him are Shunzhi Emperor (1638), Wang Mang (-45), Sun Quan (182), Cao Pi (187), Emperor Gaozu of Tang (566), and Sima Yi (179).