Warlords and Revolutionaries
East Asia 1925.053
The Warlord Era in China, the Russian Revolution and the Siberian Intervention (30 May 1925)
Historical Map of East Asia & the Western Pacific
Feng Yuxiang's Guominjun and his Fengtian allies divided northern China between them, setting up former leader Duan Qirui as their puppet president of China. To the anger of the Chinese people, the foreign powers recognized this new regime over Sun Yatsen's populist Kuomintang in the south. Public resentment only increased with Sun Yatsen's death just a few months later. Matters came to a head when the foreign-run municipal police opened fire on protesters in Shanghai, sparking anti-foreign riots across 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.
Duan Qirui appointed Chief Executive of Republic of China
Soviet-Japanese Peace Treaty
Anglo-French Treaties with Siam
Britain and France agree to restoration of full sovereignty to Siam.