Siberian Intervention

Warlords and Revolutionaries

East Asia 1918.0831

Siberian Intervention

The Xinhai Revolution, World War I in Asia, the Warlord Era in China, the Russian Revolution and the Siberian Intervention (31 August 1918)

Historical Map of East Asia & the Western Pacific

In the chaos of the Russian Revolution, Czechoslovak troops seized control of the Trans-Siberian Railway. The Allies swiftly moved to aid the Czechoslovaks and the anti-Communist regimes they brought to power, with Japan occupying stations along the Russian-owned Chinese Eastern Railway.

Notes

Treaty Ports

Treaty ports were towns opened to foreign trade by unequal treaties in China. Foreigners operating within treaty ports enjoyed extraterritoriality, being subject to their home country's laws. Unlike concessions such as Hong Kong, these territories were not directly leased by the foreign powers and did not have sizable foreign garrisons.

Treaty ports are not shown in the maps after the 1911 Chinese Revolution in order to give a clearer picture of the chaos in China itself and as by that point their numbers had stabilized. After the revolution, some of the smaller ports were phased out while the others became less important as the situation in China meant that only the concessions could provide foreigners with security. Most, however, still continued on into the 1940s when the Japanese entry into World War II and foreign agreements with China brought them to an end.

See this map for treaty ports in 1907, when the system was at its peak.

Yangtze River

By the terms of the Treaty of Tientsin (1858), foreign vessels including warships had the right to free navigation on the Yangtze River. In practical terms, this right extended only as far as Yichang until 1900, when advances in steam navigation allowed access as far inland as Chongqing.

Main Events

Chinese government occupies northern Hunan

Yu Youren arrives in Shaanxi to organize army on behalf of Sun Yatsen's Chinese Revolutionary Party

Czechoslovaks gain control of Trans-Siberian Railroad between Yekaterinburg and Irkutsk

Allied protectorate over Provisional Government of Vladivostok

Japan moves from Liaoyang to occupy Chinese Eastern Railway between Harbin and Manzhouli

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