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MODERN HISTORY OF CHINA

Objective chronological listing of significant events leading up to modern China.

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Modern History of China is a website listing important events in chronological order. Events are selected based on their significance to subsequent developments.

Modern history of China can roughly be divided into several periods:


End of the Qing Dynasty (1911)

Civil wars and the Republican period (1912 - 1936)

War with Japan (1937 - 1945)

People’s Republic of China vs Republic of China (1949 - )

Modernization and democracy movements (1976 - )

This website attempts to present a concise picture of major developments. Events are grouped chronologically into major directories, with individual years listed in sub-directories. Events outside of China and those involving foreign countries are listed in blue. It is important to note that the picture presented here does not necessarily match official or academic versions of history; which often suffer from distortion, taboo, official censorship, self-censorship, diplomatic constrains, etc.