The editors of On Contested Shores: The Evolving Role of Amphibious Operations in the History of Warfare (Marine Corps University Press, 2020) are seeking contributions to a second volume. The second volume will deeper explore the doctrine, training, materiel (weapons and equipment), leadership development (education), personnel, and facilities (DOTMLPF) needed to theorize, plan for, equip, lead and conduct amphibious operations. With chapters focused on historical case studies, current analysis, and future prescriptions, On Contested Shores II is intended to influence academics and practitioners alike.

The volume is not intended to be by Marines, for Marines, about Marines despite the editors' backgrounds and previous Marine Corps University Press involvement. Rather, we seek a variety of viewpoints, experiences, and interpretations, especially those from non-American nations or contributors.

The editors are looking for 15-18 chapters (of between 4,000 and 6,000 words each) for inclusion in the forthcoming volume. All chapters will be peer-reviewed in a double-blind system by at least two reviewers. (Those unable to submit chapters but interested in serving as peer reviewers are encouraged to contact the editors.) Chapter proposals are due December 31, 2021, and chapters will be due for editing and peer review in July 2022.

For full details, please contact the editors, Timothy G. Heck and Brett A. Freidman, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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
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Tel: 785-532-6730