A Short History of Modern China: Background information when reading A Case of Two Cities

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A Case of Two Cities

An Inspector Chen novel

by Qiu Xiaolong

A Case of Two Cities
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    Nov 2006, 320 pages
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    Oct 2007, 320 pages

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A Short History of Modern China

  • In 1911 the Qing Dynasty was overthrown, ending 2000 years of imperial rule. There were many revolutionary groups but the most organized was founded by Dr Sun Yat-sen.
  • In WWI the Chinese government sided with the Allies. In return they were promised that the German concessions (foreign territories within a country) in Shangdong province would be returned to Chinese control; at the time China, especially the coastal areas, were a mass of foreign concessions, colonies and treaty ports, owned by Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Japan and others. However, not only was the territory not handed back, it was awarded to the Japanese. On May 4, 1919 Beijing students demonstrated in Tiananmen Square, ...

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