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Issue 3.1 of the Journal of Chinese Military History was published in May 2014. It is a special issue on "Armies of Learning" edited by Professor Xiaobing Li, with six book reviews and the following two articles:


"Learning Through Practice: Lin Biao and the Transition to Conventional Combined Arms Operations in China's Northeast, 1946-1948" by Harold M. Tanner.

"Classical Methods: The Influence and Use of Chinese ClassicalMilitary Philosophy in the Writings of Mao Zedong" by EdwardN. Smith.


Beginning with this issue of JCMH, the publisher (Brill) is no longer offering unrestricted online access to the journal. CMHS members will enjoy free access to JCMH via the Members Section of the new CMHS Web site <>. In the next few days, you should receive a separate email with your username, password, and instructions for accessing the journal. If you have not received this by July 2, please contact David Graff <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>. 


JCMH 3.2, scheduled for December 2014, will have two articles:


"Dynamic Divisions: The Tactics of Weiqi and Strategic Space in Imperial China" by Garret Olberding.

"Qi Jiguang's 'Oral Instructions from the Podium'" by Pak Shun Ng.



The Chinese Military History Society's 2014 conference will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday, April 4, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for Military History (SMH). The final schedule will be sent out in early March, but here is a preview of the proposals that have been accepted by the Program Committee:
  • Xiaobing Li, "Chinese Deception and Limitation: CPVF Offensive Campaigns in the Korean War, 1950-51"
  • Yang Wei, "Knowledge of Deception for Sale: _Sunzi Cantong_, a Commercial Military Encyclopedia in Late Ming China"
  • Miri Kim, "Patterns of Ordinary and Extraordinary Consumption of the Northeast Military Academy in the 1920s and Early 1930s" 
  • Peter Lorge, "Warfare Is the Way of Cunning"
  • Eric Setzekorn, "Jiang Baili and China's Search for Military Modernity" 
  • Peter Worthing, "'A Force a Thousand Year War of Resistance': Nationalist Conscription in the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945"
  • Harold Tanner, "Lin Biao's Principles of Tactics vs. the Human Wave: A Disagreement with Edward C. O'Dowd"
  • Laura Calkins, "The United Nations and the Chinese Militaries of the Civil War Period, 1946-1947: An Interim Report"
  • Nathan Ledbetter, "Tactical Intelligence, Counterintelligence,and Deception in 16th Century Japan: The Battle of Nagashino(1575)"
  • David Graff, "Brain over Brawn: Shared Beliefs and Presumptions in Chinese and Western Strategemata"
  • Elad Popovich, "The 'Thirty-Six Stratagems' and the Art of Modern Psychological Warfare"


Banner chopThe Chinese Military History Society will hold its 2014 conference in Kansas City on Friday, April 4. The theme of this year's conference is "Military Deception and the Art of the Stratagem." Papers may focus on this aspect of the military history (and literature) of China or any other East Asian country, from antiquity to the present, and comparative work is also welcome. As usual, papers on other subjects related to the military history of East Asia will be considered as well.

The time and place of the 2014 CMHS conference were chosen to facilitate participants' attendance at the 2014 conference of the Society for Military History (SMH), which will be held at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri, from April 3 to 6 (with panels beginning on Friday, April 4). Although there is no registration fee for the CMHS meeting, attendance at the SMH conference requires separate registration and payment of applicable fees. For detailed information about the 2014 SMH conference, please visit <>.

CMHS conference attendees will be eligible for the SMH rate for hotel rooms provided they register to attend the SMH as well.

If you are interested in presenting at the CMHS conference, please send  your name and contact information, a paper abstract of no more than 250 words, and a brief C.V. to David Graff by November 1, 2013.

David A. Graff
Department of History
208 Eisenhower Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 785-532-0366
Fax: 785-532-2045

Interested non-presenters, especially scholars attending the SMH conference, are also welcome to attend the CMHS conference.