John Jennings and his colleague Chuck Steele are preparing a volume for publication under contract to Reaktion Books UK. For this volume, they have asked contributors to pick the worst military leader in history and write an essay of about 15-20 pages explaining why their choice is the worst. So far they have about 15 contributors, but the publisher has expressly asked for another article on an Asian military leader.    

If you are interested, please contact Professor Jennings:


John M. Jennings, Ph.D.


Department of History

2354 Fairchild Dr. Suite 6F101

USAF Academy CO 80840 USA


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The Chinese Military History Society will hold its 2019 conference in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday, May 9. The theme of this year's conference is “The Impact of War in East Asia,” focusing on how armed conflict has influenced the societies, economies, and cultures of China and its neighbors, as well as individual lives. 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.

journal cover smallIssue 7.1 of the Journal of Chinese Military History has just been published and will be available online to CMHS members later in June. It includes the following articles:
Kwok-leong Tang, "Reporting to the Sage: Military Monuments in the Imperial Academy in Qing China," 1-36.

Stephen Pow and Jingjing Liao, "Subutai: Sorting Fact from Fiction Surrounding the Mongol Empire's Greatest General (With Trans-lations of Subutai's Two Biographies in the Yuan Shi), 37-76.

Z. George Wang, "The Rescue of British by Chinese at Yenangyaung and Slim's Flawed Account of the Battle," 77-108.

This issue also contains book reviews by Edward A. McCord, Peipei Qiu, and John K. Whitmore.

CMHS members may access the journal online by going to the society's Web site (, logging in there with their previously assigned CMHS username and password, and clicking the journal link in the Members Area. Please note that there is no need to log in again at the Brill Online site. If you have not been assigned a username or password or encounter any other problem, please contact David Graff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for assistance.