The Chinese Civil War (1927-1937 & 1946-1949)

  • May Fourth Movement

    May Fourth Movement
    An outbreak of student demonstrations that protested China’s response to the Treaty of Versailles, which including China giving up territories to Japan. These were anti-imperialist protests, resulting in cultural and political movements, as well as a rise in nationalism.
  • Shanghai Communist Massacre

    The violent suppression of communists in Shanghai by GMD military forces, later leading to full scale purge. This would increase tensions between the two competing ideological groups.
  • Civil War Begins

    Civil War Begins
    A war between GMD, supporting the republic of China, versus the CCP. It started due to an ideological battle, when both parties wanted to be the sovereign government of China.
  • Jiang Takes Control of Beijing

    Following the Northern Expedition, Jiang claims paramount leadership of China, however there is no real victor to the war at this point.
  • Japanese Invasion of Manchuria

    Japanese Invasion of Manchuria
    The Kwantung Army of Japan invaded Manchuria. This occupation would last for five months, and was the initial invasion that would lead to a war between the nations, motivating an alliance between the GMD and CCP.
  • Japanese Attack on Shanghai

    Japanese Attack on Shanghai
    Also known as the Shanghai incident, it was a conflict between China and Japan prior to the actual war that would begin in 1937. It concluded in a ceasefire, but would ultimately cause tensions, resulting in the Sino-Japanese War.
  • Fifth Encirclement Campaign

    Fifth Encirclement Campaign
    A series of battles between the Nationalists and Communists. The GMD successfully overran the Soviet supported communists, resulting in a decisive Nationalist victory.
  • Long March Begins

    Long March Begins
    Military retreat by the CCP after their loss during the Fifth Encirclement Campaign, where the Red Army attempted to escape from the south to the north and west. This is influential as it began Mao Zedong’s rise to power as he led the troops.
  • Second United Front Established

    Second United Front Established
    This was a brief alliance between the GMD and CCP to resist the Japanese invasion, where GMD stopped its efforts to restrain the communists to focus its military power on Japan.
  • Japanese Invade China

    Japanese Invade China
    The Japanese invasion of China began the largest Asian war in the 20th century. Japan invaded China with imperialist goals, which put a stop to the Chinese Civil War, lasting for eight years.
  • Japan Surrender

    Japan Surrender
    Following the Allied victory in the Pacific, American General MacArthur ordered the Japanese forces to surrender within China. China emerged from the war as a leading military power.
  • Truce between CCP and GMD

    No concrete result was really reached, but full scale confrontations and campaigns were avoided during the negotiations. The agreement was formed, but would not be maintained.
  • CCP and GMD Full Scale War

    CCP and GMD Full Scale War
    Quickly following USSR’s withdrawal from Manchuria, both the GMD and CCP took the necessary measures to claim large portions of the countryside. They also took harsh measures in an effort to collect as much resources as possible, in preparation for the second part of the war.
  • Mao Land Reforms

    To gain peasant support, Mao made restless land reforms, making him the popular choice in the countryside and providing him with the man power and resources necessary to fight the GMD.
  • China Aid Act

    China Aid Act
    The United States sent 400 million dollars of aid for the Chinese government, 125 million of which was for military aid, all to maintain GMD rule over the communist party.
  • Huaihai Campaign Begins

    Huaihai Campaign Begins
    A decisive battle of the Chinese Civil War, carried out in three phrases over three months, and fought in Shandong, Jiangsu, Anhui, and Henan.
  • GMD loses Huaihai Battle

    This was one of three campaigns that marked the end of Nationalist dominance in China with the CCP occupation of areas north of the Yangtse River.
  • CCP Captures Nanjing

    CCP Captures Nanjing
    This marked the end of GMD rule in China, since Nanjing was the capital of the Nationalist government. This caused the GMD government to retreat, suggesting that the war was over.
  • Establishment of the People's Republic of China

    Establishment of the People's Republic of China
    Mao Zedong becomes the leader of China with the CCP, declaring Beijing the PRC’s capital. The PRC is still the government of China today.
  • Jiang Flees to Taiwan

    Jiang Flees to Taiwan
    Along with two million Nationalists, Jiang attempts to retreat to Taiwan, ending any chance of the GMD reclaiming the rule over China. This ensured that the CCP was the new government of the nation.