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  • Revolution of 1911
  • We need to unify China under a republic! Revolt!
  • May Fourth Movement, 1919
  • We want change!!
  • Nationalist verus Communist, 1927
  • As leader of the Nationalists, I need to kill the Commmunists so we can defeat them in battle
  • The Nationalists have weakened us and now we have been defeated in battle.
  • Sun Yat Sen is a political idealist who wants to unify China under a republic. Yuan Shikai becomes president but he tries to become an emperor. After he dies, the country is divided in two: Beijing, ruled by warlords in the north, and Sun Yat Sen and warlords in the south.
  • Long March, 1934
  • The May Fourth Movement was a student led revolt fueled by Nationalist and Communist ideas of re-unifying China. This along with the split between governments send China down a Revolutionary path.
  • Japanese Invasion, 1937
  • We need to work together to defeat the Japanese!
  • The Nationalists and the Communists together capture Beijing and unify China by ending warlord rule, but the Nationalist leader CHiang Kai Shek killed thousands of Communists to weaken them. Mao Zedong emerged as leader of the Communists, and the Nationalists defeat them in battle.
  • Mao Zedong led his followers to rebuild communism in a safe area outside Nationalist control. They had to march thousands of miles.
  • Japan invaded China and brought a halt to China's Civil War. Both sides decided to work together to resist Japan. The Nationalist arm took on the bulk of the resistance and was severely weakened. The Communist Army actually grew during Japanese occupation.
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