The Chinese Military History Society will hold its 2020 conference in Arlington, Virginia on Thursday, April 30. The theme of this year's conference is “War as the Greatest Affair of State,” focusing on the place of military power and the application of armed force in the larger toolkit of Chinese statecraft, and in Chinese thinking about the character and purpose of the state. 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 2020 CMHS conference were chosen to facilitate participants' attendance at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Military History (SMH), which will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA on April 30 to May 3 (with panels beginning on Friday, May 1). 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 2020 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, 2019.
David A. Graff
Department of History
117 Calvin Hall
802 Mid-Campus Drive South
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-1002
Interested non-presenters, especially scholars attending the SMH conference, are also welcome to attend the CMHS conference.
The Chinese Military History Society held its 2019 conference in Columbus, Ohio, on May 9 in conjunction with the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Military History. There were nine papers presented at the conference and they have been posted - please access via Articles - Conference Abstracts.
Issue 8.1 of the Journal of Chinese Military History was published in May. It includes four book reviews and the following articles:
Benjamin Avichai Katz Sinvany, "Notes on the Invention of the First Gun: Conflict and Innovation in the Song Warring States Period (960-1279)," pp. 1-28.
Kan Lee, "The 'China Lobby' in Tokyo: The Struggle of China's Mission in Japan for General Douglas MacArthur's Military Assistance in the Chinese Civil War, 1946-1949," pp. 29-51.
Linh D. Vu, "Bones of Contention: China's World War II Military Graves in India, Burma, and Papua New Guinea," pp. 52-99.
Meeting in conjunction with the Society for Military History, Columbus, Ohio
Robert King Room, Columbus Hilton Downtown, Thursday, May 9, 2019
- Jim Bonk (College of Wooster), “Mobile Monuments: Collecting Swords and Remembering War in the 19thCentury Qing Empire”
- Emily Mokros (University of Kentucky), “Capital Defense: Confronting Threats to Money and the City in Taiping-Era Beijing”
- Senior Colonel Ke Chunqiao (Academy of Military Science, People’s Liberation Army), “The Resignation of Captain William Metcalfe Lang: The Beginning of the End of Beiyang Fleet”
- Clemens Büttner (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany), “The Teacher’s Need for Affirmation: Western Praise and the Japanese Emphasis on Spiritual Matters in the Early Chinese Military Periodical Press”
- Peter Worthing (Texas Christian University), “The ‘Acid Test of the Revolution’: Disbandment, the Hunan Affair, and the Unraveling of the NRA Coalition”
- Sherman Xiaogang Lai (Queen’s University at Kingston), “The Empire Legacy and the Civil War: Chiang Kai-shek during 1942-1946”
- Kwong Chi Man (Hong Kong Baptist University), “Mobilizing an Imperial Trade Post: Hong Kong Preparing for War, 1938-1941”
- Geoff Babb (US Army Command & General Staff College), “Preparing for Offensive Operations: Advising and Assisting the Chinese Army, 1941-1949”
- Stanley Adamiak and Xiaobing Li (University of Central Oklahoma), “The Impact of the Korean War on China”
- Shelley Zhou (University of Kentucky), “Little Partisans in lianhuanhua from the Cultural Revolution: Guerrilla Warfare for Kids”