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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).

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Issue 9.1 of the Journal of Chinese Military History was published in May 2020. It includes three books reviews, plus the following three articles and one research note:

Yan Hon Michael Chung, "The Introduction of European- Style Artillery and the Reform of Siege Tactics in 17th- Century China -- a Case Study of the Tragedy of Jiangyin (1645)," pp. 1-37.

Nicolas Schillinger, "Playing Soldiers: The War Game in Late Qing and Republican China," pp. 38-64.

Tomer Nisimov, "The Role of North Korea in China's Civil War: The Soviet-led North Korean Assistance to the CPC in the Northeast Theater, 1946-1948," pp. 65-97.

Benjamin Avichai Katz Sinvany, "Research Note: Revisiting the Dazu 'Bombard' and the World's Earliest Representation of a Gun," pp. 99-113.

If you have recently published a book dealing with any aspect of Chinese military history, please ask your publisher to send a review copy to the Journal of Chinese Military History. And if you know of a book you would like to review for the journal, consider contacting the book review editor:

Dr. Kenneth M. Swope
Professor of History
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5047
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
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