East Asia 1928
Aided by the Guangxi clique, the Chinese Nationalists drove the Communists into the mountains. With the Communists out of the ...
Southern Asia 1935
In the 1920s, Mussolini's Fascists had risen to power in Italy, adopting an increasingly aggressive foreign policy. In 1934 ...
East Asia 1938
Battle of Tai'erzhuang
Despite the outcry over the fall of Shanghai and the Rape of Nanking, the Western powers were not prepared to ...
East Asia 1945
Surrender of Japan's Overseas Forces
At the time of the Japanese surrender, Japan still had some 4 million troops stationed abroad. Over the following months ...
East Asia 1946
During the war in China, the Communists had gradually built up power in the rural areas behind Japanese lines. When ...
During the Second World War, Britain and the Soviet Union had occupied Iran. With the war over, the United States ...
Southern Asia 1946
Independence in the Middle East
During World War II, the French had promised Syria and Lebanon independence. After the war, they attempted to revoke these ...
East Asia 1947
Indonesian War of Independence
Indonesian nationalists had proclaimed independence two days after the Japanese surrender, beginning a war to liberate the East Indies from ...
East Asia 1949
Communist Victory in Northern China
In China, the uneasy truce between Nationalists and Communists had collapsed in mid-1946. Things started well for the superior Nationalist ...
Crossing the Yangtze
Peace negotiations broke down in April and the Communists resumed their advance. On the 20th, they crossed the Yangtze River ...
East Asia 1949
People's Republic of China
In April 1949, the Chinese Communists crossed the Yangtze River and took the Nationalist capital of Nanjing. On October 1 ...
NATO and the Two Germanys
On April 4, the United States and its European allies formed the NATO alliance to counter the Soviet Union. On ...
North America 1959
In 1952, Colonel Fulgencio Batista seized power in Cuba, ending elections and aligning with wealthy landowners and foreign investors. Batista ...
East Asia 1979
The Khmer Rouge's brutal rule in Cambodia led to millions of deaths, while its growing antagonism with its former ...
East Asia 1989
End of the Cold War
Despite the communist gains, the 1970s was an era of unprecedented economic growth for the capitalist nations of East Asia ...