The Chinese Military History Society will hold its 2021 conference online on Friday, May 14. The meeting will begin at 8:50 AM (US Central Time) and continue until about 1:30 PM (the full program is pasted below). The platform we are using this year is Zoom.
If you are interested in attending the conference, please let me know before Thursday, May 13, when the meeting ID and password will be sent to those CMHS members who have indicated that they plan to attend.
For those who are interested but not able to join us on May 14, we plan to record most of the presentations and make them available through the CMHS Facebook page.

David Graff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Opening remarks – 8:50 AM, US Central Time 

Panel 1 – begins 9:00 AM, US Central Time 

  • Clemens Büttner (Goethe University Frankfurt), “Recontextualizing the ‘Struggles’ of Xi Jinping: Comparing Current CCP Ideology to the New Life Movement of Chiang Kai-shek” 
  • Yu-Ping Chang (Fulbright Taiwan Journal, Research & Reflections), “Chinese Perspectives on Sea Power and Land Power and their Policy Implementation” 


Panel 2 – begins 10:30 AM, US Central Time 

  • Ernest Caldwell (SOAS, University of London), “From Belligerent to Necessity?  Shifting Patterns of Conflict between the late Western Zhou and the Huai Yi as Evidenced in King Xuan Period Bronze Inscriptions” 
  • Jun Fang (Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario), “Record of Ten Days in Yangzhou: An Eyewitness Account of the 1645 Manchu Assault of Yangzhou?” 


Panel 3 – begins 12:00 PM, US Central Time 

  • Esther T. Hu (Boston University), “Chinese Nationalists and Covert U.S. Operations during the Korean War (1951-1953): A Reading from General Hu Zongnan’s Love Story” 
  • Xiaobing Li (University of Central Oklahoma), “The Battle of Jinmen: Amphibious Warfare in PLA History, 1949” 


We are budgeting 20 minutes for each paper presentation, up to 30 minutes of Q&A for each panel, and break of at least 20 minutes between panels. The program is expected to conclude a little after 1:00 PM.

The Chinese Military History Society will hold its 2021 conference online on Friday, May 14. The theme of this year's conference is “Turning Points in Chinese Military History.” This includes decisive events that changed the course of battles, campaigns, and wars, as well as new departures in military thought and key changes in weaponry, tactics, and institutions. 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 CMHS 2021 conference will follow the same format as the 2020 conference: presentations will be pre-recorded and then streamed through Facebook on the day of the conference, with Q&A, comment, and discussion done in writing using the chat function.

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 January 15, 2021.

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

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Dear colleagues,

We would like to announce a new research tool that has been launched at the Autonomous University of Barcelona as part of our European Research Council-funded project on Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Invasions of Korea.

The Database of Research on the Imjin War brings together bibliographic information on modern books, articles, and dissertations relating to Hideyoshi's Invasions (also known as the Imjin War, the term we are using), and makes that information available to scholars in one easily searchable location. Our hope is that this multilingual database will help scholars keep abreast of the latest developments in other language areas, or become familiar with what has already been written on this important topic.

Work on the database is ongoing. As of April 2020 we have over 350 entries in nine languages. The range of subjects is as broad as possible in order to reflect the wide-reaching effects of the war. Subjects include captives, ceramics, Christianity, international relations, economy, environment, Europeans, identity, literature, military history, migration, social history, and trade. The data for each entry can be exported as an RIS file or imported from metadata to your citation software. We will be updating the contents of the database regularly as our project progresses, as well as continuing to improve the search and export functionality.

Our wider project, Aftermath of the East Asian War of 1592-1598, combines Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and European primary sources in order to understand the impact of the Imjin War and its implications for seventeenth-eighteenth century East Asia. Information on the project can be found here:

Best wishes,

Barend Noordam

Barend Noordam
Postdoctoral Researcher
Departament de Traducció i d'Interpretació i d'Estudis d'Àsia
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Member of ERC Horizon 2020 project "Aftermath of the East Asian
War of 1592-1598" (758347).
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 758347).