The Nationalist Party The Emperor The Peasants The Communist Party
Thanks to civilian dissatisfaction with the general state of China, the unstable monarchy is overthrown and the Kuomingtang is put in charge. While some desire modernization, others believe China's strength lies in her tradition.
On May 4th, 1919 students gathered in Tiananmen Square to protest the Versailles Treaty. This was the start of Chinese nationalism.
Who was involved?
The Long March was a treacherous year long, 6,000-mile journey that the communists, or Red Army, made from the south of China to the caves of Shaanxi, chased by the Nationalist army.
What happened? Why?
Japan took advantage of China's instability, bringing the Civil War to a halt. Communist and Nationalist forces temporarily united to fight off the Japanese as war brought more problems to their homeland.
May Fourth Movement
Although China still has it's problems, the general quality of life for its citizens has improved a lot and the government is much more stable. Additionally, it is now a major player on the world stage and has significantly modernized.