May Fourth Movement

Warlords and Revolutionaries

East Asia 1919.0504

May Fourth Movement

The Warlord Era in China, the Russian Revolution and the Siberian Intervention (4 May 1919)

Historical Map of East Asia & the Western Pacific

World War I ended with Allied victory in November 1918. At the ensuing Paris Peace Conference, Japan was granted the German-leased Chinese territories it had occupied during the War. This provoked nation-wide protests in China, leading to the Chinese government signing a symbolic separate peace with Germany.

Main Events

Mongolia asks for Chinese military support

Armistice of Compiègne

At 5am Paris time, Germany signs an armistice with the Allies in railway carriage No. 2419 D at Compiègne, France, to end its involvement in World War I. The armistice goes into effect at 11am and, although not a formal surrender, demands that the Germans withdraw their troops to behind their own borders, renounce the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, release all prisoners, promise to pay reparations, and surrender their fleet and materials.

Paris Peace Conference grants German concessions in Shandong to Japan

May Fourth Movement breaks out across China in protest against Paris Peace Conference

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