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MODERN HISTORY OF CHINA

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

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MAJOR EVENTS 1815 - 1910

  • Britain and her allies defeat France at the Battle of Waterloo. (1815)
  • First Opium War wtih Britain. (1840)
  • Treaty of Nanjing. Hong Kong is ceded to Britain. (1842)
  • Taiping Rebellion. (1850 -1864)
  • Second Opium War with Britain. (1858)
  • Treaty of Peking (Beijing). (1860)
  • Treaty of Aigun with Russia. China cedes vast territories. (1858)
  • Meiji Restoration in Japan. (1868)
  • France gains control of Vietnam after defeating Chinese forces. (1885)
  • Taiwan established as a province. (1885)
  • First Sino-Japanese War. China is defeated. (1894)
  • Formation of the Revive China Society to overthrow the Qing dynasty. (1894)
  • Treaty of Shimonoseki. Taiwan ceded to Japan. (1895)
  • The Hundred Days’ Reform. Reform fails. (1898)
  • Boxer Rebellion. Foreigners are attacked. (1900)
  • Formation of the Revolutionary Alliance. (1905)
  • Last Qing emperor ascends to the throne. (1908)