The Change of Manner of Modern Chinese Peasants Toward Railway
LI Wen-yao; WANG Cheng-lin (Railway, Beijing 100844)
When the railways were first built in China, the Chinese farmers opposed strongly and wanted very much to dismantle them house they thought the western powers were trying to seize the Chinese sovereignty. The railway construction took up so much land that it made those who had been engaged in old-styled transportation lose their jobs. Local houses and tombs had to be demonished or removed. Till the early years of the 20th century, the railways appeared to be more important. Then the Qing government came to support those of the individual owned. Nemerous farmers began to invest. At the late part of the Qing Dynasty, in order to be against the Qing government's policy regarding the state-owned railways, the farmers were involved in the protection of the railways.