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  • Check out Squarespace for a free trial at and use the code 'ARMCHAIR' for 10% off your first purchase. Thanks for watching! Corrections should be posted below. 1. "Repubic of China" instead of "Republic of China." 2. At 7:05, "1937" should have been "1945-1949" Griff

    The Armchair HistorianThe Armchair Historian2 yıl önce
    • What is that music 🎶 song

      William JonesWilliam Jones15 gün önce
    • Waa the 28 Bolsheviks Soviet advisors from Russia or Chinese communist?

      Dan t.Dan t.27 gün önce
    • thx

      rambo 89rambo 89Aylar önce
    • lol corrections

      dimple7dimple7Aylar önce
    • Please make a video on the 1962 Sino-Indian War.It is much needed at this present day and date.

      yash dubeyyash dubey6 aylar önce
  • 3:35 "Chaing Kai-Shek" Dude, that's not how you pronounce his name, it's "Jiang Jei Sheu."

    Terry ZhaoTerry ZhaoGün önce
  • China doesn't look like a real communist today, Its economy is capitalism.

    CasuallySealCasuallySeal6 gün önce
    • China needs socialism to built itself up before it can implement full socialism. China plans to achieve full socialism by 2035-2050.

      Brett AangBrett Aang5 gün önce
  • Taiwan is the true Republic of China and now the monster XI Jinping wants to isolate them. Taiwan is an Independent and highly technological advanced country without the support of the west because of the commercial ties that most of them have with the communist china. It's a shame. (sorry for my english)

    GilbertGuitar15GilbertGuitar157 gün önce
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  • It's surprisingly how much emphasis the CCP puts in the victory of the KMT due to the support of the overwhelmingly lower class peasant Chinese. This is something overly said in CCP today. Although somewhat true that support of the people definitely help booster their numbers, a lot has to do with the weakness of the KMT and the aftermath of WWII. KMT was severely weakened after the war and barely got consistent aid from the US while Europe got most of it to rebuild. I did my own research and found that some Americans was actually skeptical of the KMT and was actually considering backing Mao as an alternative. Contrast this to the Soviets that occupied Manchuria and North Korea after Japan's surrender, they provided much aid and a base for Mao's forces to be ready for the civil war that is to come. And like the video said, the KMT suffered much of the damage from Japanese prior and lost many well trained divisions. Support of the people is indeed helpful but I don't think it was main stimulus that helped the CCP win. Liu Bei of the Three Kingdoms supposedly had the common people's support and even talented men but couldn't unite China. Why? Power and resources were also held by Cao Cao and Sun Quan. Thus my thesis for the victory of the CCP is that a weakened KMT and fewer support from its allies gave the CCP the momentum to pivot and seize China

    The Count of KentThe Count of Kent7 gün önce
  • China isn't that communist

    Reggielacey 223Reggielacey 2238 gün önce
  • Well it really wasn't helpful....yes a bit of it was

    Ali razaAli raza9 gün önce
  • fuckin hell why do you talk in kind of a sexy tone.Or is it just me? Anyways, good video

    Levente KovácsLevente Kovács10 gün önce
  • This video only touched on what happened but not why it happened, a major failure really when trying to explain why china is communist which is on your thumbnail, The reason why China and Russia/Soviet Union became and adopted Communism has much to do with both countries being an agrarian state, the peasants were starving and exploited by the aristocracy, revolutions at that scale and support for it don't happen so easily unless the ordinary people are desperate, and Communism won in both countries due to the mass support of the people, Whether or not it was good or bad is another debate, but the main reason why these 2 major countries ended up being communist is due to factors at the time and there was mass support for it at the time, that is simply it.

    tonyhunter8tonyhunter812 gün önce
  • "Boxer rebellion" 's real name is "righteous and harmonious fists"

    X ZX Z17 gün önce
    • 义和拳

      Type 59 Tank _Type 59 Tank _13 gün önce
  • What about "why is still China still communist?"

    august smithaugust smith18 gün önce
  • They are communist cuz they are based af

    Fyyn_TheChatFyyn_TheChat18 gün önce
  • Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, all of Mao's soldiers and all of Mao's tanks, kind of put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

    VogelbirbVogelbirb18 gün önce
  • no body care the reason why people joined Mao‘s army and supported him during the war

    Tobias YangTobias Yang19 gün önce
  • Mao also starved over 60 million Chinese who didn’t like communism

    Anastasia SchechterAnastasia Schechter20 gün önce
  • You cannot even make the map right

    Fang YuanFang Yuan26 gün önce
  • Commie scum is a plague

    Cryptic ChroniclesCryptic Chronicles29 gün önce
  • The KMT would’ve won the civil war if they used square space

    BlueLimesBlueLimesAylar önce
  • We all love to blame the communist. But the problem started by the Nationalist themselves. Basically Nationalist government back then is the government of the privileged for the privileged. Not just they busy fighting among themselves, but the landowners and military leaders finance their wars and lavish lifestyle by heavily taxing and even confiscating the property of the Chinese peasants. What they did is creating an opening for the Communist to foment further discontent. While Nationalist leaders confiscating land, the Communist distribute them to the peasants. Also to note, it was the Nationalist that started the war. They launch a surprise attack against the Communist militia in the middle of the negotiation to form a unity government. In the end, despite Nationalist holding a numerical and technological superiority over the communist, not to mention a generous donation of money and weapons from US, they were still defeated and driven away from mainland China.

    Fadly A. RahmanFadly A. RahmanAylar önce
  • To control the masses 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺

    Jeff KitneyJeff KitneyAylar önce
  • 7:04 I don't think war after 1947 can be called a guerrilla war anymore. Since CCP already has a manpower fight with KMT at the front.

    逗逼逗逼Aylar önce
  • The Jiang government retreated to the southwest, not the northwest part during the Anti-Japanese War.

    Bonnie DBonnie DAylar önce
  • Hey. I don't think you are fully understand nor educated about north east asian history. You'd better study again before spreading out your ignorance.

    toto kongtoto kongAylar önce
  • What really miserable is that a lot of westerners they never came to China in person and they never lived here. But they just pretended that they know everything about China and criticize us and tell us what is the right way to develop our country. I feel disgusting about those guys, China’s achievement in the past 40 years builds from the hardship and endless fighting from our predecessors, we now become stronger and truly make ourselves back to what it should be like, if we believe what US tells us, we will become 2nd mideast. We are now on a right track, whatever the economy, technology, education and infrastructure, these tremendous achievements are all build from the correct leadership from CCP. Yes, CCP truly made some mistakes in the past, like culture revolution. But we already realize this is a big mistake. Overall, our Chinese people are deserved to talk about our country and collaborate all Chinese nations to achieve the renaissance. Arrogant westerners please get out of here, you are not deserved to insult our country!

    Lincan HeLincan HeAylar önce
    • I feel that I am from ccp China and Taiwan can suck a

      Justin ChenJustin ChenAylar önce
  • so sad chinese lost its culture and religious freedom because of communism. It is kind of losing a part of their identity

    dimple7dimple7Aylar önce
  • Just like Democrats in the USA, CCP took advantage of weak minded people to gain popularity and power when they otherwise couldn’t gain it through legit public opinion.

    Steven LefevreSteven LefevreAylar önce
  • China isn’t communist lol

    Lukas MangioLukas MangioAylar önce
  • สรุปแล้วประเทศจีนเลียน แบบตะวันตก

    Sweet HeartSweet HeartAylar önce
  • Institute for Pacific Relations, a DC think tank advising the President on foreign relations for nations along the Pacific rim.. Two agents Geofery & Borendine. convince Chang Kai shek to go with Communism. Johnson, Head of the IPR hid their records in a barn in the Berkshires in western Mass. Discovered by an army air core officer Named Tom Stotler in the mid 1950s. See congressional IPR Hearings and learn of the Treason of the IPR. You missed that whole part.

    Edward ImhoffEdward ImhoffAylar önce
  • it's always weird to see people don't includes Tibet as part of ROC. If you search for the historical documents, you can see although Tibet is very autonomous, it actually still part of the ROC, this including the laws/by-law from Tibet would need to be approved by Nanking government (Nanking never turned down) and elected/appointed reps by Kashag to attend National assembly and Legislative Yuan. Tibet gained its short independents when communists taking over mainland China, as Kashag believe communists would give them more freedom than ROC government would and refuse ROCA retreat into Tibet.

    Benson HungBenson HungAylar önce
  • Fortunately for Mao and Chinese communists the United States was led by Truman and a Democrat controlled Congress. Why they didn’t see the need to stop communism from taking over the worlds most populous nation is beyond me. However than 2 years later they spent 56,000+ American lives to keep the status quo in Korea.

  • Well... I’m not surprise that I can see those `Little Pink’(aka the CCP lovers),are leaving bullshit comments in the area.....Come on! Don’t leave Chinese comments in a English video,learn English.Don’t insulting the video maker that’s telling the truth!Salty,impolite animals!

    Joshua CJoshua CAylar önce
  • S.S. Class anyone?

    Mehis_MehMehis_MehAylar önce
  • At 7:35 , the amount of facial hair increases as one goes to from left to right.

    NASNASAylar önce
  • too many mistakes ... i bet you dont know where is chong qing ! its not a serious video about history

    Jack YangJack YangAylar önce
  • China is a state run capitalist nation, not communist.

    sleeepsleeepAylar önce
  • 6:25 Key point !

    Jason JungJason JungAylar önce
  • China was in a really bad shape after WW2, and KMT failed to lead the country-- actually worse. That's the major reason why did KMT lost the civil war, because it failed the Chinese people, and CPC didn't.

    Frost KeithFrost KeithAylar önce
  • It's really time for Westerners to abandon the 19th century Wade-Giles romanization system of Chinese words and the pronunciation of words based on that. Pinyin has been the standard romanization since the 1950s, and would help you pronounce names like Mao Ze Dong correctly.

    Darryl SnowDarryl SnowAylar önce
  • 1:31 during that time, Mongolia was part of China.

    dave szedave szeAylar önce
  • China is the greatest cancer on earth

    Chaaos2Chaaos2Aylar önce
  • sad that it didn't show the exact locations of china during the warlord era, oh well this is very simplistic

    TD GamesTD GamesAylar önce
  • And technically speaking Qing wasn't even a Chinese dynasty, it was a Jurchen dynasty where the Chinese were slaves to their Jurchen masters. And this Jurchen dynasty was so paranoid that the Chinese might overthrow them one day so they forbid the Chinese from practicing martial arts, and later banned all foreign trade to minimize outside influence. This is why the world's richest and most powerful country became a shithole in 300 years.

    Random THOTRandom THOTAylar önce
  • 2:22 Ah yes, i love globalization

    All Hail The Mighty Ice Cream ConeAll Hail The Mighty Ice Cream ConeAylar önce
  • 独裁共惨党让中国人民受尽苦难

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  • "Mao capitalised..." is it legal to say such sentence?

    Antonio KAntonio KAylar önce
  • “Communist State”

    Erik SchulzErik SchulzAylar önce
    • 'Socialist"

      George LiGeorge LiAylar önce
  • One thing have to be known, in the beginning of civil war, the KMT owned 3 million of troops but the CCP owned only 0.3 million. The KMT is supported by the U.S.(weapons and ammunations, tranning, transports of troops etc.) , but the CCP isn't fully supported by the USSR.

    Rugosa WhiteRugosa WhiteAylar önce
  • Mao: Hey Chiang, wanna hear a Joke? Chiang: Sure Mao: China. Chiang: Haha I get it. Mao: No you don't.

    ArakiArakiAylar önce
  • 4:00 There are more complications to this matter. The Soviet Government led by Stalin supported cooperation between CCP and KMT. However, the Trotskyists within USSR and CCP insisted on a "Permanent Revolution" and ordered CCP to plot against KMT through the Third International. Instead of supporting the CCP, this event actually caused a fall out between the CCP and USSR, with the CCP starting to ignore orders given by the Third International.

    Dennis ZhaoDennis ZhaoAylar önce
  • China sucks

    Aedrian PamilacanAedrian PamilacanAylar önce
  • Because....of the Japanese Invasion!! Yea, yea, yea....KMT lost China because KMT is corrupt. They are always corrupt but you can’t say that things weren’t looking up for KMT in 1936 and the CCP were on the ropes. The Japanese invasion destroyed all the progress the Republic made. The war only made KMT even weaker and more corrupt than they already were before the war.

    RayrayRayrayAylar önce
  • Chinese civil war: There are 2 China’s Comrade China and democracy China Comrade China overthrows democracy China and makes one big comrade China Except an island off comrade China which is the leftovers of democracy China which is now Taiwan

    Oscar MaybeOscar MaybeAylar önce
  • China was never Communist, Communism was never operated, Communism is an Utopia, China was Maoist

    白昏黑洞白昏黑洞2 aylar önce
  • COMMMMMIE COMMMMMMMMIEEE reeee -gunshot noises-

    Historybuff2008Historybuff20082 aylar önce
  • ah yes the repubic of china

    Angus MarshallAngus Marshall2 aylar önce
  • Isnt it funny how its called peoples republic of china when they let their people starve and beat them to death when they disagree ,what is this world?

    GwenGwen2 aylar önce
    • Oh, I am Chinese and the people around me live happily and enjoy themselves. I think you never came to China in person, China is actually the heavens with food, business and high technology. CCP led more than 100 million people get out of poverty, a lot of people become rich and have a good life these days. Try to go out and learn something new, other than believing what west media tries to tell you.

      Lincan HeLincan HeAylar önce
  • Communist sucker punch the True Chinese who defeated Japanese Empire

    Wilson KenwayWilson Kenway2 aylar önce
  • I want to say that China isnt communist anymore

    Riny CRiny C2 aylar önce
  • So all those Taiwan people saying I'm not Chinese. Well you are. You are Chinese. Political difference does not change your race

    M YM Y2 aylar önce
    • Is that some kind of surprise?

      Random THOTRandom THOTAylar önce
    • @James Mitchell dude wtf, whatever People in Taiwan or Mainland said, none of them would agree to label themselves under that racist term that was used in 1780, it's even worse than Orientals.

      Bosun BillBosun BillAylar önce
    • Nationally they are Taiwanese just like how people from Hong Kong call themselves hongkongers but yes they are all ethically Chinese

      Som AaSom AaAylar önce
  • "while the Japanese surrendered to the allies in 1945." *year shows 1937*

    Leonard BlazevicLeonard Blazevic2 aylar önce
  • Communism is like a poisonous snake

    Plaag GeestPlaag Geest2 aylar önce
  • Japan ceded Qingdao back to China in 1923, when Japan ended there occupation of the city, which used to be called Tsingtao.

    Le MonkeLe Monke2 aylar önce
  • the map is wrong

    刘子昂刘子昂2 aylar önce
  • The latter half of this story is not worth trusting. What a shame

    Yongchen NangongYongchen Nangong2 aylar önce
  • fake history ,shame on you

    jim stonerjim stoner2 aylar önce
  • Well don't trust anything from TRvision about china

    JohnnyFanJohnnyFan2 aylar önce
  • i love how the older communist leaders had more beards lol

    Kevin LiKevin Li2 aylar önce
  • Use ur brain pls. The CCP got people magically supporting them right after the KMT defeated the Japanese? How? Ah I see that u intentionally left out the part where the communists were having a far brutal guerrilla warfare in Japanese occupied areas. It’s almost funny how those communists just popes up from no where in ur ridiculous video.

    MarcMarc2 aylar önce
  • 1:49 Amazing detail like the movie puyi

    janice L’felljanice L’fell2 aylar önce
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