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Wuchang Uprising

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(10 October 1911)

A revolt in the city of Wuchang that started the Chinese Revolution of 1911. An accidental explosion forced republican revolutionaries to begin a planned uprising earlier than intended, but on the next day army units that had been won over to the rebel cause seized the city. The Qing government failed to respond swiftly to the uprising and further provincial uprisings followed, leading to the formation of a Provisional Republican Government on 1 January 1912.

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