Kublai Khan Founds The Yuan Dynasty
( Originally Published Early 1900's )
In China the Mongols were already saturated with Chinese civilization by the time of Kublai. After 1280 the Chinese annals treat Kublai as a Chinese monarch, the founder of the Yuan dynasty (1280-1368). This Mongol dynasty was finally overthrown by a Chinese nationalist movement which set up the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), a cultivated and artistic line of emperors, ruling until a northern people, the Manchus, who were the same as the Kin whom Jengis had overthrown, conquered China and established a. dynasty which gave way only to a native republican form of government in 1912.
It was the Manchus who obliged the Chinese to wear pig-tails as a mark of submission. The pig-tailed Chinaman is quite a recent figure in history. With the coming of the republic the wearing of the pig tail has ceased to be compulsory, and many Chinamen no longer wear it.