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Yuan Shikai

1859 - 1916

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Yuan Shikai (Chinese: 袁世凱; pinyin: Yuán Shìkǎi; 16 September 1859 – 6 June 1916) was a Chinese military and government official who rose to power during the late Qing dynasty and eventually ended the Qing dynasty rule of China in 1912, later becoming the Emperor of China. He first tried to save the dynasty with a number of modernization projects including bureaucratic, fiscal, judicial, educational, and other reforms, despite playing a key part in the failure of the Hundred Days' Reform. He established the first modern army and a more efficient provincial government in North China during the last years of the Qing dynasty before forcing the abdication of the Xuantong Emperor, the last monarch of the Qing dynasty in 1912. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yuan Shikai has received more than 1,799,543 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Yuan Shikai is the 693rd most popular politician (down from 655th 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 693 out of 15,577Before him are Augustus III of Poland, Nebuchadnezzar I, Gwangjong of Goryeo, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, Louis the Stammerer, and Albert I of Belgium. After him are Enver Pasha, Edvard Beneš, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Enrico Dandolo, Childeric III, and Henry I of England.

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Among people born in 1859, Yuan Shikai ranks 13Before him are Knut Hamsun, L. L. Zamenhof, Svante Arrhenius, Georges Seurat, Alfred Dreyfus, and Billy the Kid. After him are Sholem Aleichem, Jean Jaurès, Alexandre Millerand, George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, Verner von Heidenstam, and Hugo Junkers. Among people deceased in 1916, Yuan Shikai ranks 6Before him are Franz Joseph I of Austria, Grigori Rasputin, Jack London, Ernst Mach, and Henryk Sienkiewicz. After him are Umberto Boccioni, Élie Metchnikoff, Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Odilon Redon, Franz Marc, and William Ramsay.

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Among people born in China, Yuan Shikai ranks 47 out of 1,392Before him are Yongzheng Emperor (1678), Nurhaci (1559), Mozi (-470), Charles K. Kao (1933), Hong Taiji (1592), and Lu Xun (1881). After him are Zhu Xi (1130), Mahmud al-Kashgari (1029), Shunzhi Emperor (1638), Sun Quan (182), Liu Shaoqi (1898), and Emperor Gaozu of Tang (566).


Among politicians born in China, Yuan Shikai ranks 25Before him are Zhou Enlai (1898), Emperor Wu of Han (-156), Emperor Taizong of Tang (598), Yongzheng Emperor (1678), Nurhaci (1559), and Hong Taiji (1592). After him are Shunzhi Emperor (1638), Sun Quan (182), Liu Shaoqi (1898), Emperor Gaozu of Tang (566), Cao Pi (187), and Sima Yi (179).