The Qing Dynasty compiled the Siku Quanshu, which would become (and remains) the largest book collection in Chinese history. The Qianlong Emperor ordered the start of this monumental task in 1772. Initially, very few people handed in books voluntarily. The emperor issued a decree that stated the books would be returned and no punishment would be made for books containing negative opinions of the government. As a result, over 4,000-5,000 books were handed in; over 3,826 scribes helped to copy every single word from the collected books by hand. Ultimately, the emperor did not keep his promise to return the books. Over 2,855 books were banned, and 400-500 more were edited or censored. Disloyal scholars were executed and many books were burned.
The Jahriyya revolt was a series of violent acts in 1781 between the Jahriyya Sufi Muslims and the Khafiyya Sufi Muslims, who were considered their rivals. The Qing Dynasty intervened to try and stop the fighting, which resulting in the Jahriyya Sufi Muslims rebelling against the Qing Dynasty. The Qing were victorious and deported many of the rebels to Xinjiang. It is believed that corruption among officials may have contributed to the violent protests as well.
1796 · White Lotus Rebellion
The White Lotus Rebellion began in 1794, when followers of the White Lotus movement rose up to protest taxes. The scope of the protest grew and gathered further support from a wide range of ordinary people. Eventually, the rebellion was large enough that the government became concerned. Despite a lack of organization, the rebels managed to score a defeat against Qing imperial forces. It wasn't until the 1800's began that the Qing dynasty changed tactics and began to suppress the rebellion. However, the conflict marked a negative turning point for the Qing Dynasty's dominance.