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The Journal of Chinese Military History is a peer-reviewed semi-annual that publishes research articles and book reviews. It aims to fill the need for a journal devoted specifically to China's martial past and takes the broadest possible view of military history, embracing both the study of battles and campaigns and the broader, social-history oriented approaches that have become known as "the new military history." It aims to publish a balanced mix of articles representing a variety of approaches to both modern and pre-modern Chinese military history. The journal also welcomes comparative and theoretical work as well as studies of the military interactions between China and other states and peoples, including East Asian neighbours such as Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

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Author: Kan Lee

The Chinese Mission in Japan represented China in working with the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers ( SCAP ) in Tokyo, General Douglas MacArthur. It existed from 1946 until Japan regained its sovereignty as a result of the San Francisco Peace Treaty in 1952. The original objective of the

In: Journal of Chinese Military History
Author: Linh D. Vu

This article explores the necro-politics of China’s overseas military graves in the late 1940s, uncovering how the afterlife of the expeditionary soldiers mattered in the construction of the modern Chinese state and its international status. Analyzing archival documents in China, Taiwan, Britain

In: Journal of Chinese Military History
Author: Li Chen

Introduction The First Burma Campaign in World War II lasted from December 1941 to June 1942. In this campaign the Japanese army managed to defeat the Allied forces composed of British and Chinese combat units and occupy Burma and the Chinese territories west of the Salween River

In: Journal of Chinese Military History

Comparative studies will no doubt show up the sinological fallacy as to China’s alleged uniqueness. But there still remains the imprint of a specific geography and history that produced in China . . . [a] tradition of land warfare that prefers defense to offense and stresses the exhausting of

In: Journal of Chinese Military History
Author: Tomer Nisimov

1 Introduction The struggle over Northeast China (formerly known as Manchuria) came to an end in November 1948 with a Communist victory. Within roughly a year, the Communist Party of China ( CPC ) had succeeded in terminating civil war on the mainland. For both the CPC and the Guomindang

In: Journal of Chinese Military History

1 Introduction In autumn 1945, World War II ( WWII ) and China’s eight-year-long war against Japan had barely ended. At this point, the race for territorial recovery after the Japanese surrender between the two opposing Chinese sides—the Chinese Communist Party ( CCP ) led by Mao Zedong

In: Journal of Chinese Military History
Author: Stephen G. Haw

It is now generally accepted that the rocket was a Chinese invention, 1 but the early history of rockets in China remains obscure. Although many have argued that the rocket probably originated during the late twelfth century, there is only very slight evidence for this. In fact, no one has yet

In: Journal of Chinese Military History

1 Introduction During the first half of the twentieth century, military culture in China changed tremendously, including the structure of armies, the self-perception of military personnel, and the image of soldiers in society. 1 Late Qing and Republican military reformers successively

In: Journal of Chinese Military History

with violence—and particularly with acts of war. Archaeological and textual evidence shows that these instruments were commonly present on the early Chinese battlefield. An examination of textual evidence further reveals that during battle, their function was far from limited to the symbolic or the

In: Journal of Chinese Military History