War and State Violence in the Making of Modern China

History 103F.003

Spring 2016
204 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
F 1000-1200

Warfare and organized state violence has been a critical part of modern China’s construction over the past 150 years. What is the consequence of such violence for our understanding of PRC strategic behavior in the present day? How can these wars be placed in a larger regional context? Over the course of this time period, and across multiple governmental regimes, can a culturally ‘Chinese’ form of war be identified? Conflicts will be analyzed in chronological fashion, beginning with the Taiping Civil War of the mid-19th century, the first Sino-Japanese War, the various battles of the early republican “Warlord Period” in the second and third decades of the twentieth century, China’s participation in World War II, the Civil War between the Nationalists and the Communists, the Cold War, and China’s military involvement in East and Southeast Asia.

Course Books

Deng Xiaoping's Long War: The Military Conflict between China and Vietnam, 1979-1991 by Xiaoming Zhang The University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-1469621241 Required
Mao's China and the Cold War by Jian Chen The University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0807849323 Required
The Battle for Manchuria and the Fate of China: Siping, 1946 by Harold M. Tanner Indiana University Press. ISBN: 978-0253007230 Required
Decisive Encounters: The Chinese Civil War, 1946-1950 by Odd Arne Westad Stanford University Press. ISBN: 978-0804744843 Required
Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945 by Rana Mitter Mariner Books. ISBN: 978-0544334502 Required
War and Nationalism in China: 1925-1945 by Hans van de Ven Routledge. ISBN: 978-0415514996 Required
From War to Nationalism: China's Turning Point, 1924-1925 by Arthur Waldron Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0521523325 Required
The Power of the Gun: The Emergence of Modern Chinese Warlordism by Edward A. McCord University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0520081284 Required
Warlord Soldiers: Chinese Common Soldiers 1911-1937 by Diana Lary Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0521136297 Required
The Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895: Perceptions, Power, and Primacy by S. C. M. Paine Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0521617451 Required
What Remains: Coming to Terms with Civil War in 19th Century China by Tobie Meyer-Fong Stanford University Press. ISBN: 978-0804792066 Required
Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War by Stephen R. Platt Vintage. ISBN: 978-0307472212 Required