Qing Dynasty

  • Period: to

    Qing rule

  • First Manchus

    The name Manchu was first used in the year 1635.
  • Li Zicheng seizes Beijing

    Taking advantage of a weakened empire, Zicheng (a famous rebel leader) seized Beijing from the Ming emporer Chongzhen and took over the trone. This marks the fall of the Ming Empire, to be replaced by the Qing dynasty,
  • Qing take over

    A commander of the Ming army, upon hearing news of the fallen capital, appealed to the Manchus, whom the Ming had seen as a threat, and asked for thier help in defeating Zicheng. He promised them gold and treasure, and so the two joined forces and took down Zicheng, marking the beginning of the Qing empire.
  • Southern Expansion

    After they gained control of the Ming capital, the Manchus expanded their dynasty south to claim what had previously been a part of the Ming empire as well as small amounts of land slightly west of Ming territory.
  • Ban on female performers

    Disapproving of the Ming's decadence, the Qing courts banned female performers. After the ban, young boys began taking on the women's roles and lead to an increase in homosexual relationships.
  • Western Expansion

    By 1760, the Qing had expanded their empire somewhat through military expeditions to include Outer Mongolia, Tibet, East Turkestan, and Zungharia.
  • End of the Qing dynasty

    The Qing dynasty, beginning in 1644, lasted 267 years and ended in 1911.