Chinese Civil War (China's Song)

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Chinese Civil War
CCW Montage (China's Song).png
Clockwise from top left: Nationalist forces entrenched at the Battle of Jinan, Beiyang troops photographed in 1914 outside of Beijing, Sun Yat-sen shortly after establishing the new government in Nanjing, Nationalist artillery company in combat at the Siege of Beijing
Date11 June 1913 – 6 January 1916
Location
Result

Nationalist victory

Belligerents
Naval Jack of the Republic of China.svg Nationalists
Flag of China (1912–1928).svg Zhili Army
Flag of China (1912–1928).svg Yunnan Army
Flag of China (1912–1928).svg Hubei Army
Flag of China (1912–1928).svg Beiyang Army
Supported by:
Flag of Japan.svg Japan
Commanders and leaders
Naval Jack of the Republic of China.svg Sun Yat-sen
Naval Jack of the Republic of China.svg Song Jiaoren
Naval Jack of the Republic of China.svg Chiang Kai-shek
Flag of China (1912–1928).svg Cai E
Flag of China (1912–1928).svg Li Yuanhong
Flag of China (1912–1928).svg Feng Guozhang
Flag of China (1912–1928).svg Cao Kun
Flag of China (1912–1928).svg Duan Qirui
Flag of China (1912–1928).svg Wang Yitang
Flag of China (1912–1928).svg Xu Shuzheng
Flag of China (1912–1928).svg Duan Zhigui
Strength
150,000 135,000

The Chinese Civil War (Chinese: 國民黨北洋戰爭, Guómíndǎng Běiyáng Zhànzhēng) was a civil war lasting from 1913 to 1917.

The Chinese Civil War, also referred to as the Second Revolution, was an armed conflict lasting from 1914 to 1919 between the southern-based Nationalists and the northern-based Beiyang government.

The roots of the civil war were planted after President Yuan Shikai stormed the National Assembly in May 1913 and dissolved the Song Jiaoren government. A week later, President Yuan was shot three times by anarchist college student Mao Zedong, making Li Yuanhong acting president. President Li's pro-democracy stance angered the Beiyang Army's new leader, Duan Qirui seizing power three days later. After enduring two reactionary coups, Sun Yat-sen assembled delegates in Nanjing and formally declared a new government on June 11. President Duan subsequently declared martial law and attempted to place China's major cities and railroads under the control of the Beiyang Army. However, loyalty in the Beiyang Army began to break down and several generals broke from President Duan and recognized the Nanjing Government as the legitimate government of China.

Nationalist and Beiyang forces became entrenched along the Yellow and Wei Rivers a few weeks into the conflict, with various pockets of resistance on both sides. The Beiyang Army suffered from low morale and internal fighting, with some generals even defecting to the Nationalist cause, however was recognized by most governments as the legitimate government of China and had reliable access to foreign loans.