Beijing Coup

Warlords and Revolutionaries

East Asia 1924.1023

Beijing Coup

The Xinhai Revolution, World War I in Asia, the Warlord Era in China, the Russian Revolution and the Siberian Intervention (23 October 1924)

Historical Map of East Asia & the Western Pacific

By 1924, the Zhili clique seemed poised to reunify China under its rule. However it was not to be. In a surprise move in October, the warlord Feng Yuxiang took advantage of the Second Zhili-Fengtian War to betray his Zhili leaders and seize control of the government in Beijing, breaking Zhili power for good.


Warlord China

From the Zhili-Anhui War (1920) to the Nationalist recapture of Beijing (1928), control over China fluctuated as various warlords fought for power. The foreign powers handled this situation by regarding whichever warlords controlled Beijing as the legitimate government of China, even though these warlords often had no influence outside the city.

To depict this situation, this atlas shows the recognized government of China as warlord-controlled rather than as an independent entity, with its size changing depending on how much authority the government had outside of Beijing. However the actual recognized borders of China itself did not change during this period.

Main Events

Kuomintang retakes Guangzhou (Canton) from Chen Jiongming.

Great Kanto earthquake kills over 100,000 people in Tokyo region.

Second Zhili-Fengtian War.

Beijing Coup

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