Mike Blake announces the publication of Forces of The Boxer Rebellion & The Eight Power War (Nottingham, UK: Partizan Press, 2022). This is a limited edition, large format hardback, providing a comprehensive account of the conflict and a detailed study of the armies involved. It is very well illustrated and includes a multitude of color uniform plates by Mike Blake, Bob Marrion, and Nick Buxey. The work is split into three volumes: Vol. 1, The Dragon Provoked (240 pages); Vol. 2, The Dragon Rampant (240 pages); Vol. 3, The Dragon Subdued (276 pages).

Fu Yang 傅揚 (History, National Taiwan University) and Michael Hoeckelmann (Chinese Studies, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg) will start a new collaborative project titled "Violence and Cultures of Learning in Mid- and Late Tang China (9th–10th Cent.),” funded over two years (2023–25) through the Project-Based Personnel Exchange Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Taiwan. The project examines reflections on the legitimate use of violence in historical and philosophical writings from Tang China (618–907). It takes texts such as Du You’s 杜佑 (735–812) monumental institutional history Tongdian 通典 as a point of departure and analyses them against the backdrop of the military upheavals (rebellions, civil and interstate wars) of the time. As part of the project, the team (consisting of the two PIs and several students) will conduct research visits and host workshops at NTU and FAU.

Esther Hu has been awarded an academic book contract for a research monograph on Madame Chiang Kai-shek and her contributions during World War II, especially her military contributions. If CHMS members have archival materials that they especially would like her to consider, they should feel free to shoot her an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Peter Lorge reports two publications: a book, Sun Tzu in the West: The Anglo-American Art of War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2023), and an article, “The Martial Temple in the Song,” in History and Anthropology, published online 4 November 2022. Lorge will be an Irregular Warfare Initiative Fellow for 2023 (the IWI, jointly sponsored by the Modern War Institute at West Point and the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project at Princeton, is intended to bridge the gap between academic scholarship and irregular warfare practitioners).

Wicky Tse reports several recent publications:

“Opportunism in Foreign Affairs in First Century BCE China: Chen Tang, His Fellows, and Their Patrons.” T’oung Pao 107 (2021): 233-261.

“Early Imperial China.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies. Ed. Tim Wright. New York: Oxford University Press. see webpage

〈亂世中的曙光——錢穆對中古早期歷史的一些看法〉(Ch’ien Mu’s view of early medieval China),載李帆、黃兆強、區志堅主編 《重訪錢穆》(Revisiting Ch’ien Mu) (臺北:秀威資訊科技股份有限 公司), pp. 203-212.

〈在理想與現實之間:《大學衍義補》所見丘濬的軍事觀〉 (Between Ideal and Reality: Qiu Jun’s View of Military Affairs in the Daxue yanyi bu) 《明史研究論叢》 18 (2021): 37-46.

Edward A. McCord reports the publication of “Public Opinion and Warlord Power: The Issue of Troop Demobilization in Early Republican China,” American Journal of Chinese Studies, vol. 28, no. 2 (2021). He also presented a paper, “Toward a Social History of Modern Chinese Warlordism,” at the 23rd Biennial Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies,” Leipzig, Germany (virtual), August 25, 2021.

An article co-authored by Nicola Di Cosmo (together with Sebastian Wagner and Ulf Büntgen), "Climate and Environmental Context of the Mongol Invasion of Syria and Defeat at 'Ayn Jālūt (1258-1260 CE)," was published in Erdkunde, vol. 75, no. 2 (2021): 87-104.

Morgan Deane reports two forthcoming publications: Beyond Sun-Tzu: Classical Chinese Debates on War and State Craft (Arsenal of Venice Press, 2022) and "Groping in the Dark: Reassessing Mao Zedong's Leadership," in Studies in Modern Insurgency, edited by Chris Murray (Routledge, 2022).