The Fall of the Qing Dynasty: Reformulating a Global China
With the fall of the Qing in 1912, it was clear that the dynastic period of Chinese history, that had spanned two thousand years, had come to an end. The next half-century would see China experience a brief Republican period before the horrors of the second World War would once again plunge China in incredible turmoil. With the end of the Second World War, China was again divided between right and left-wing factions. The left, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), successfully challenged the Republic of China, whose leadership fled to Taiwan.