Exploring Chinese History
- Conflict and War -

The progress of any of the ancient civilizations has been based on war and revolution. This is not untrue for the Chinese either. Their entire history is wrought with the steady churn of conquest and internal unrest. The occasional rebellion would institute a new dynasty, for example, while another would bring down the imperial system.

War has also been the occasional visitor to China. The first world war was for China what it was for the rest of the world; a catalyst for change. The second world war had the same effect. At the junction of 1911 and 1912, the whole of China completely changed. It is not often acknowledged in historical texts the implication of the May 4th Movement. The last of the ancient civilizations came to an end. Were it the Roman or Egyptian empires that lasted until early 20th century, there would have been more written about their downfall due to the influence of both on Europe and the west.

Conflicts and War shows both outward influences on war in China and how war in China can influence the world.

China played a significant, if only a third party part in the cold war
Struggles in the 19th and 20th centuries between China and Japan over predominance in East Asia
Chinese intervention in the conflict between NATO and North Korean forces
Early 20th century Sino-Russian confrontations
Border conflicts with the Soviet Union
Conflict between Taiwan and China since the split in 1949
Period between the 1951 Chinese invasion of Tibet to present day
Conflicts and by-proxy wars between China and the United States
Border skirmishes between the two neighbors
China entered World War I on the side of the Allies in 1917
Japan invaded China in 1937 and held territory until the end of the war


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