The Chinese Military History Society will hold its 2016 conference in Ottawa on Thursday, April 14, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for Military History. The program will include the following papers:

Clemens Büttner (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany), "The Power of Professionalization: Praise and Criticism of the Professional Soldier in Early 20th Century China"

Desmond Cheung (Portland State University), "Afterlives of Loyalists: Official Recognition and Popular Participation at the Shrines of Yue Fei and Yu Qian"

Ka Ki Alan Ho (McGill University), "Pacifying the Silk Roads: A Study of the Dou Family and Their Governance in Hexi in Early Eastern Han"

Steve Jackowicz (University of Bridgeport), "Medicine and Military in Traditional China: Space, Boundary, and Cognate Vocabulary"

Adrian Krawczyk (University of Zurich), "Bai Xianyong's 'My Father and the Republic': Biographies of Twentieth-Century Military Leaders and the Discourse of History in China"

Sherman Xiaogang Lai (Royal Military College of Canada), "Ensured Loyalty versus Professionalism at Sea: A Historical Review of the PLA Navy (1949-1982)"

Meiying Li (King's College London), "Yuan's Navy: Balancing Imperial Legacies and Republican Needs (1912-1916)"

Fan Lin (University of Ottawa), "Maps and Troops: Impact of Geographical and Cartographic Knowledge on Military Dispositions during the Song Dynasty (960-1279)"

Franco David Macri (St. John's College, Hong Kong), "Hong Kong: Fulcrum of the Sino-Japanese War"

Kenneth M. Swope (University of Southern Mississippi), "Guerrillas in the Mist: Concerning the Alliance between the Ming Loyalists and Former Peasant Rebels"

Kwok-leong Tang (Penn State University), "Proclaiming Success at the National University (Gaocheng Taixue): The Qing Military Monuments at Guozijian"

Peter Worthing (Texas Christian University), "A Tale of Two Fronts: China's War of the Central Plains, 1930"

Pingchao Zhu (University of Idaho), "The Debriefing Process of Repatriated POWs of the Chinese People's Volunteers of the Korean War"

The final schedule for the conference will be sent to CMHS members in March.

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


The Chinese Military History Society will hold its 2016 conference in Ottawa on Thursday, April 14. The theme of this year's conference is “Loyalty and Betrayal in Chinese Military History.” Papers may address any historical period from antiquity to the present, and comparative work is also welcome. As usual, papers need not 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 2016 CMHS conference were chosen to facilitate participants' attendance at the 2016 annual meeting of the Society for Military History (SMH), which will be held at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel from April 14 to 17 (with panels beginning on Friday, April 15). 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 2016 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, 2015.

David A. Graff

Department of History

208 Eisenhower Hall

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS 66506

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Tel: 785-532-6730

Fax: 785-532-2045

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