Looking for 2-3 Additional Panelists

Proposed Panel Title: Framing Chaos and Devastation in Chinese History

Working Panel Abstract
As the country with perhaps the world’s most extensive and richly documented military history, China witnessed the early emergence of specific vocabularies and discourses pertaining to the devastation, trauma, and chaos caused by warfare. Such discourses were deployed over the centuries to provide a common frame of reference for rulers and policy makers and to detail the evils of warfare and the lapse of governing institution. While certain tropes became recurrent and were probably more symbolic than anything, particularly vivid and frank depictions of warfare, famine, epidemics and the like also emerge in a wide range of materials from the standard dynastic histories to private diaries and memoirs. This panel seeks to compare and contrast accounts of chaos and devastation associated with war throughout Chinese history.

Panelists & Paper Titles
“The Rhetoric of Catastrophe in the Ming-Qing Transition” by Kenneth M. Swope (University of Southern Mississippi)

If you are interested in joining this panel, contact Ken Swope at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SocietyforMilitaryHistoryBanner chop The Chinese Military History Society will hold its 2018 conference in Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday, April 5. The theme of this year's conference is “War, Peace, and the Chinese Landscape,” focusing on how the geography, environment, and spaces of conflict have influenced both the waging of war and the maintenance or restoration of peace. Papers may address any historical period from antiquity to the present. As usual, papers are not required to address the conference theme; proposals on other subjects related to the military history of China and other East Asian countries will be considered as well.

The time and place of the 2018 CMHS conference were chosen to facilitate participants' attendance at the 2018 annual meeting of the Society for Military History (SMH), which will be held at the Galt House Hotel from April 5 to April 8 (with panels beginning on Friday, April 6). Although there is no registration fee for the CMHS meeting, attendance at the SMH conference requires separate registration and payment of applicable fees. For more information about the 2018 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 15, 2017.

David A. Graff
Department of History
117 Calvin Hall
802 Mid-Campus Drive South
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-1002
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 785-532-6730

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

cctvThe CMHS has received the following request from Mr. Xuan Zhang of CCTV. If you would like to volunteer yourself as an authority on the 1949 Lanzhou campaign, please contact Mr. Zhang directly at the email address given below.

 

My name is Xuan Zhang, a field producer who's working for China Central Television (CCTV). Recently, we are working on a documentary TV series about the Lanzhou Campaign (1949) during the Second Chinese Civil War. In order to rich the content, we are eager to find scholars who know about Chinese Civil War history to join this project (to be interviewed). Although the focus of the project is Lanzhou campaign, we would like to talk to any experts who bring their perspectives about the series battles in Northwest China during the Civil War or other related topics. 
I am living in California, so I can be reached by phone: +1(515)-509-6592 and email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
Thanks for your time and really looking forward to further conversations with you. 
Warmest regards,Xuan

Albert Galvany reports the publication of his article “The Court as a Battlefield: The Art of War and the Art of Politics in the Han Feizi,” in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 80.1 (2017): 73-96.

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Issue 6.1 of the Journal of Chinese Military History has just been published. It includes the following articles:
 
Shao-yun Yang, “Letting the Troops Loose: Pillage, Massacres, and Enslavement in Early Tang Warfare,” 1-52.
 
Bryan R. Gibby, “The Battle of Shangganling, Korea, October-November 1952,” 53-89.
 
James J. Hudson, “The Early War of Resistance and the Changsha YMCA, 1937-41,” 90-113.
 
It also contains book reviews by Wayne E. Lee, Gary Bjorge, Tansen Sen, Larry M. Wortzel, and Xiaobing Li.
 
CMHS members may access the journal online by going to the society’s Web site (www.cmhsociety.org), logging in there with their previously assigned CMHS username and password, and clicking the journal link in the Members Area. Please note that there is no need to log in again at the Brill Online site. If you have not yet been assigned a username and password or encounter any other problem,
please contact David Graff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for assistance. Shao-yun Yang’s article was awarded the inaugural Edward L. Dreyer prize for best article in Chinese military history by an
early-career scholar and has now been set in open access until September 30. It can be directly accessed via the following link without having to log in at the CMHS site: