Remember history, cherish peace, “National Awakening of World War I” series of digital collections are officially on sale

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The First World War changed the pattern of the world, and also caused Chinese people of insight to doubt and shake the value of Western civilization, and thus began to reflect and criticize the Western capitalist system. The May Fourth Movement was a ideological and cultural enlightenment movement that thoroughly disseminated new ideas, new culture, and new knowledge, and promoted the realization of a great awakening of guiding ideology, leadership, national consciousness, and the main body of the people.

This time, Hundred Million Media and the Qingdao World War I Site Museum jointly launched a series of digital collections of “National Awakening of World War I”, which ran through the various periods from the death of Qingdao to the May Fourth Movement. Tibetan friends can cherish the present, live up to their youth, and forge ahead for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

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More than a hundred years have passed since the end of the First World War. Although the smoke of the war has passed away, the outline of the years can still be seen. “The land cannot be destroyed, and the people cannot bow their heads”, the sonorous oath made a hundred years ago still makes people excited. At the time of national crisis, the May 4th Movement was like thunder and lightning, splitting apart the rock-like darkness of old China, and with majestic power aroused the ambition and confidence of the Chinese people and the Chinese nation to achieve sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national rejuvenation.

History is the best textbook and the best sobriety agent. The collection of the “National Awakening of World War I” series is based on “the collection of cultural relics and materials of the World War I Museum in Qingdao”, through the method of “digital cultural creation” , the journey of awakening again. It is hoped that through the “National Awakening of World War I” series of collections, it can remind the world to remember history, cherish and maintain the hard-won peace, and show that sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and national prosperity are the only way to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Never forget the past, and guide the future. In the post-epidemic era, when the world faces no major changes in a century, I hope that all countries in the world will follow the path of peaceful development and join hands to build a community of shared future for mankind with lasting peace and common prosperity.

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At the end of the 19th century, the Qing government fortified Qingdao. 【Aerial View of Qingdao Port Building · World War I Qingdao】Intuitively reflects the general situation of the area near Qingdao Village after the fortification of Jiaoao by the Qing army. In the late Qing Dynasty, the government was corrupt and incompetent. It had a country without defense and could only be slaughtered by foreign powers. History keeps reminding us that national defense is the most basic guarantee for the survival and development of a country.

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After the Juye teaching case, Kaiser Wilhelm II ordered the German East Asia Cruiser to occupy Jiaozhou Bay, and then forced the Qing court to sign the “Sino-German Jiaoao Lease Treaty”, Germany “lease” the Jiaoao area for 99 years.

This collection is the M1895 style pointed helmet of World War I, which was the most widely used helmet by the German infantry from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the First World War. This collection is a testimony to the Sino-German war in Qingdao a hundred years ago, and reminds the Chinese people to learn from history and work hard for the prosperity of the motherland.

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After the outbreak of World War I, in order to further consolidate Japan’s position in East Asia, the Japanese Emperor Taisho issued the “Declaration of War Edict”, declared war on Germany, and eventually replaced Germany in occupying Qingdao. During this time period, various war posters and maps that drew people’s attention to the current situation in Japan were extremely popular. At the same time, the collection is also a historical testimony to the humiliation of the Beiyang government during the Japan-Germany War when two great powers competed for Chinese territory.

The so-called “knowing shame and then being brave”, the Chinese nation is now striding forward on the road of great rejuvenation, but it should always remain sober, keep in mind the mission, keep improving, and be courageous.

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After the outbreak of the First World War, due to the serious shortage of labor in Britain, France and other countries, about 140,000 Chinese workers were specially recruited to go to the front line of the European battlefield to do logistical support work. In the end, he made an outstanding contribution to the victory, won the status of a victorious country for China, and forged a monument in the history of Sino-foreign relations.

This collection is a medal mailed to Chinese laborers by the British Government War Office.

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On November 11, 1918, the First World War ended. Due to the fearless efforts of hundreds of thousands of Chinese workers, China became a nominal “Victory Country”. On November 28 of the same year, the Beiyang government held a conference in Beijing to celebrate the victory of the “World War I”. Xu Shichang, then the president, delivered a speech at the conference, saying that “righteousness triumphs over power” and issued the medal.

However, at the subsequent Paris Peace Conference, China was not treated as a victorious country. Although the Chinese representative argued for it, the weak country had no diplomacy, and Germany’s privileges in Shandong Province were eventually taken over by Japan.

China’s diplomatic failure at the Paris Peace Conference became the trigger for the May Fourth Movement. At the same time, the May 4th Movement also contributed to the refusal of Chinese representatives to sign at the Paris Peace Conference, which is of epoch-making significance for the abolition of unequal treaties and the promotion of the rise and development of national diplomacy.

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The news of China’s diplomatic failure at the Paris Peace Conference spread to China, arousing strong indignation from people from all walks of life. On the afternoon of May 4, 1919, more than 3,000 people from 13 colleges and universities in Beijing organized a rally, chanting slogans such as “Struggle for national power abroad, eliminate national thieves at home” and “Return Qingdao to me”, distribute propaganda materials, and demand that they refuse to sign the peace treaty. Punish traitors. The May 4th Patriotic Movement broke out, and “Return to Qingdao” became the strong voice of the Chinese people.

The May 4th Movement is an epoch-making milestone in modern Chinese history, marking the beginning of China’s new democratic revolution. It launched a patriotic movement to thoroughly oppose imperialism and feudalism with a gesture that was unprecedented in the 1911 Revolution. This collection is the May 4th Movement. A leaflet with the theme of “Don’t forget the national humiliation and take back Qingdao” printed during the movement.

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In September 1915, Chen Duxiu founded “Youth Magazine” (later renamed “New Youth”) in Shanghai, and the New Culture Movement began. During this period, the ideological and cultural circles were unprecedentedly active, and many associations and newspapers of the new cultural movement were born, which provided a solid foundation for the awakening of the nation. Articles in various progressive magazines and the subsequent May 4th Movement awakened the youth of the entire era, made countless patriotic youth burst out with overwhelming energy, and began the arduous exploration of the road to national salvation and revival.

This collection is the “Nankai Daily” published on August 7, 1919.

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Final work still in production

This work is based on the relief sculpture in the preface hall of the Qingdao World War I Site Museum. In order to highlight the theme of the entire pavilion, “Swear to the death, return Qingdao to me”, the center of the theme relief shows the impassioned speeches of patriotic youth and the shape of the general public’s rally and protest, using the allegorical means of artistic virtual space, so that the main body of the character gradually evolves into a building. Monument to the May Fourth Movement. The surrounding flames symbolize the patriotic spirit of the Chinese people who are not afraid of rape and share the same hatred and the vigorous anti-imperialist and anti-feudal patriotic movement. The revolutionary fire swept across the country, and together they played a magnificent feat of the times. The relief sculptures on both sides of the main body show the historical events of German colonial rule and Japanese military occupation by means of scattered perspective, so as to explain the origin and development of the May Fourth Movement.

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Collection name: National Awakening Series of World War I

Release platform: Qin Chu

Publisher: Billion Media

Creator: Qingdao World War I Site Museum

Producer: Qingdao World War I History Research Association

Release Date: From March 30th

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Qin Chu is a leading digital collection aggregation platform in China. The platform relies on the bottom layer of FISCO BCOS to build a powerful blockchain infrastructure. Qin Chu Chain, in conjunction with various IP institutions, well-known creators, and digital collection issuers, integrates cultural and creative works and artworks. , cultural relic derivatives and other data content are mapped on the chain to form digital collections with both cultural and artistic value and unique digital identification. On the basis of protecting its digital copyrights, real and credible digital distribution, purchase, collection and use are realized.

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The Qingdao World War I Site Museum was completed and opened at the end of December 2018. In December 2020, it was promoted to a national first-class museum. It is currently the only museum in China that fully displays the impact of World War I on China’s destiny. It is a thematic museum mainly focusing on the fort sites of the German occupation period, collecting, researching and displaying the collections of the German occupation of Qingdao, the Japanese-German War and the May Fourth Movement, as well as other collections related to the First World War and Qingdao folk culture. Through holding exhibitions, media publicity, and organizing various themed activities in conjunction with major festivals and anniversaries, vigorously promote the spirit of patriotism and spread the concept of “remember history and cherish peace”.

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The Qingdao World War I History Research Association is a specialized organization established by experts from many domestic universities and research institutions and relying on the Qingdao World War I Site Museum to conduct research on the history of the First World War. The First World War marked the beginning of a major change unseen in a century, and sounded the horn of national awakening. The establishment of the Qingdao World War I History Research Association will help to stand on a higher dimension under the new historical conditions. A systematic and three-dimensional discussion and research on the history of the First World War.

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