Middle East & East Asia: 1750-2018

AP World History Timeline #2

East Asia

Qing Dynasty: Decline & Fall

1799 - 1912

Opium Wars (China)

1839 - 1842

Two conflicts between Britain, and later France, led to China giving

Taiping Rebellion

1850 - 1864

Treaty of Kanagawa


Under the threat of military assault, Commodore Matthew Perry forced the leadership of Japan to sign a treaty that would open up Japanese ports to the United States' trade ships. This was regarded as a sign of weakness from the shogun, which was one of many causes for the eventual takeover in the Meiji Restoration.

Meiji Period (Japan)

1868 - 1912

Japan under Meiji underwent a rapid period of expansion across all boards. The nation overall went in the direction of modernization, taking inspiration from the Western technologies (and culture) to develop their own.

Meiji Restoration


The effective end of the Tokugawa Shogunate, with the power of Japan now resting with the new emperor, Meiji.

Imperial Japan

1894 - 1947

Boxer Rebellion

1899 - 1901

Japanese Invasion of Manchuria

Sep 19, 1931 - Feb 27, 1932

Japan saw the situation in China

Long March by Chinese Communists

October 16, 1934 - October 22, 1935

Pearl Harbor Attack

December 7, 1941

Under the belief that a quick and sudden attack on the United States would provide a shock so great that it would be forced to subject and recognize the legitimacy of Japan, ambitious leaders of the Imperials' military headed an attack on the base at Pearl Harbor.

Asia-Pacific War

December 7, 1941 - September 2, 1945

The Asian Theater for WWII, a series of military conflicts that saw to

Chinese Civil War

1945 - 1949

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Nuclear Bombings

August 6, 1945 - August 9, 1945

Korea Officially Divided

Sept. 8 1945

With the end WWII, the former Japanese-occupied region of Korea fell victim to the Cold War. Korea was split at the 38th parallel, signifying a demilitarized zone between the Northern (Communist) region, and the South (Democratic).

Korean War

1950 - 1953

Middle East

Ottoman Ancien Régime

1700 - 1789

This time period in Ottoman history is regarded as one of "stagnation and reform", involving the 'decentralization of the Ottoman political system', in the form of the 'rise of emerging provincial elites' (as a result of political and economic reforms like those of the sale-life term tax farms).

Napoleon's Military Campaign in Egypt and Syria

1798 - 1801

The primary purpose of the Mediterranean campaign of 1798; in a series of "naval engagements", Napoleon sought to accomplish '(1) the defense of French trade interests, (2) weaken British access to India, and (3) to establish scientific enterprise'

Suez Canal

1859 - 1869

Fall of the Ottoman Empire

1908 - 1923

This was the twilight of the Ottoman Empire, becoming nothing more than a shell of what it was before. The region became regarded as the "sick man of Europe", and debate arose over who would control its territory. With the conclusion of the First World War, the Ottoman Empire effectively dissolved.

Armistice of Murdos

October 30, 1918

The signing that led to the end of hostility between the Ottoman Empire and the Allied Powers. In signing it, the Ottomans granted the Allies access to its territory, eventually leading to its partition.