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2023 Annual Conference of the Chinese Military History Society
Meeting in conjunction with the Society for Military History, San Diego, California
Thursday, March 23, 2023
Session 1: 8:30-9:50 Early China
Paul Nicholas Vogt (Indiana University), “King Wen’s Just War: The Conquest of Chong 崇 in Early Chinese Discourse.”
Chun Fung Tong (Heidelberg University), “The Emergence of Military Logistics Network and State-Level Fiscal Institution during the Qin Conquest.”
Session 2: 10:00-11:20 Japan
Nathan H. Ledbetter (Princeton University), “Making the Foreign Familiar: The ‘Global’ Aspects of the Battle of Mimigawa, 1578.”
Danny Orbach (Hebrew University), “‘Let the Commander Respond’: The Paradox of Obedience in the Imperial Japanese Armed Forces.”
Session 3: 1:00-2:20 China’s Republic, 1911-1949
Edward A. McCord (Emeritus, The George Washington University), “Defining Modern Chinese Warlordism: A Comparative Analysis.”
Harold Tanner (University of North Texas), “Defeating a Superior Enemy with an Inferior Force: Strategy, Operations and Tactics in Liu Bocheng and Deng Xiaoping’s Shanxi-Henan-Shandong-Hebei Field Army, 1945-1947.”
Session 4: 2:25-3:45 PRC: Psychological Warfare
Yinou Chang (National Chengchi University, Taiwan), “The Power of Encouragement: The Chinese People’s Volunteer Force’s Psychological Strategy and the Success of Its Political Control during the Korean War.”
Xiaobing Li (University of Central Oklahoma), “Defected PLA Pilots: Psychological Warfare over the Taiwan Strait.”
Session 5: 3:50-5:15 PRC: Alliances & Military Institutions
Zhongtian Han (The George Washington University), “Playing the Dragon against the Eagle: Soviet Policy towards China during the Armistice Negotiations of the Korean War, 1951–1953”
Yu-Ping Chang (Fulbright Taiwan), “The PRC’s 2016 Military Reforms: Clean House for a Better Future?”
All sessions will be held in the Sapphire 400 room (4th floor) of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

journal cover smallIssue 11.2 of the Journal of Chinese Military History was published in November 2022. It includes four book reviews and the following articles:

  • Paul D. Buell, “The Song Resistance Movement, 1276-1279:
  • An Episode in Chinese Regional History,” pp. 103-166.
  • Chi Ho Kiang, “The Hierarchy of Calories? State Intervention, Food Rationing, and Food Smuggling in Occupied Tianjin (1937-1945),” pp. 167-201.
  • JCMH 12.1, scheduled for publication in May 2023, will be a special issue focusing on riverine warfare in China.

The external website of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has some publicly released issues of Dragon Seed, an in-house Asia/China publication dating from the early 1970s. Although heavily redacted, these issues contain material of interest to more than just cryptologists. The March 1972 issue, for example, includes an article on "The Strategic Importance of Shenyang Military Region." Here is the link:

Thanks to Greg Nedved for bringing this to the editor's attention.

The Journal of Chinese Military History invites submissions for the Edward L. Dreyer Prize for the best article in Chinese military history by an early-career scholar. The late Professor Dreyer was a pioneer in the field of Chinese military history, publishing in a variety of historical periods, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Chinese Military History Society from its inception.

Submission Requirements
Articles should be based extensively on primary research, must not have been previously published in another form or outlet, and should not be currently under consideration by another journal or book series. Essays (between 7,500 and 20,000 words, including footnotes) should comply with the journal’s style sheet. Submissions for the 2022 prize should be sent by 31 October 2022. In order to allow for sufficient time for the peer review process, early submissions are welcomed.
Detailed submission instructions can be found here:
For further information, please contact the editors-in-chief, David A. Graff, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and David Curtis Wright, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The prize is open to graduate students who are currently registered at a higher education institute, or to those who have obtained their doctoral degree after January 1, 2015

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