Communism and Coldwar Timeline


Collapse of Qing Empire


The collapse of the Qing Empire occurred after the Wuchang Uprising- where the empire was overthrown and the Republic of China was formed.

World War I

1914 - 1918

World War I was between the Triple Alliance (Germany, Austria, Italy and Hungary) and the Triple Entente (Britain, France, Russia). It began when a Serbian nationalist killed the heir to the throne of Austria.

World War II

1937 - 1945

In Asia, WWII began when the Japanese siezed Manchuria. Mainly WWII was a result of unresolved tensions and issues between the losing and winning countries.


1949 - Present

An alliance between the Western powers used primarily during the Cold War.

Warsaw Pact


Military alliance between Bulgaria, U.S.S.R., Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Romania used during the Cold War.

Cuban Independence


Fidel Castro led Cuba to independence and eventually reverted to Communism.


Chinese Actions

Mao Zedung

1949 - 1976

Is the leader of the Chinese revolution and is responsible for China becoming a Communist state. He focuses on peasant uprisings as a way of having a revolution.

Chinese 5-Year Plans

1953 - Present

China's 5-Year Plans are designed in the same way as the Russian plans were, except China is still using the 5-Year Plan model; while Russia stopped using them when the government collapsed.

Great Leap Forward

1958 - 1961

China implemented this plan to create a more united and communal society. It entailed more collective living environments, promoting small scale governments, trying to spread technological education and the ideas of peoples communes.


Vladimir Lenin

1917 - 1924

Was the revolutionary that led Russia to become a Communist state. He was part of the Bolshevik party and was the leader of Communist Russia until his death.

Russian 5-Year Plan

1928 - 1991

Russia's five year plan is supposed to help keep the country and economy on track by having short term plans that can be adjusted and changed frequently.

Cuban Missile Crisis


Cuba becomes a semi-communist state and the US feels this as a major threat. The Soviet Union wanted to keep support of Cuba so they sent them missiles. The US freaked out and the US and the Soviets finally reached a decision and the missiles were taken back.

1968 Uprising


It was a peaceful protest where the Soviets invaded Chezoslovakia and the people of Chezoslovakia preacfully told them to leave.

Dissolution of the Soviet Union


Soviet Union is disbanded.


Vietnamese Independence from France

1945 - 1954

In 1945 the Vietnamese declared Independence from France but it was not until the battle of Deinbienphu in 1954 which finally freed Vietnam from France.

Thich Quang Duc self-immolation

June, 1963

Thich Quang Duc was a Buddhist monk in Vietnam who lit himself on fire as a protest to the treatment of Buddhist people in Vietnam.

US War in Vietnam

1965 - 1973

US fights Vietnam to attempt to stop the spread of communism.