Ballots for the election of the CMHS board of directors for 2016 will be sent to members in mid-January. If you wish to nominate a candidate (including yourself), please send the
nomination to David Graff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

CMHS members may be interested in the following conference, organized by the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society (at the University of Southern Mississippi):
"Waging Peace" Conference 2016
Call for Papers
New Orleans, LA
September 8 - 10, 2016
When wars end the communities, veterans, and governments that waged them begin the processes of peace. From the reconstruction of national identities to the resettlement of refugees, postwar periods are often as complex as the conflicts themselves. The year 2016 marks the anniversaries of the first year of peace following the end of the War of 1812, the U.S. Civil War, the Second World War, and the Vietnam War. The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at the University of Southern Mississippi invites papers and panel proposals that explore transitions to peace and postwar experiences from the ancient world through the end of the twentieth century. We are especially interested in panels that are comparative and that offer broad conclusions across time and place about the challenges of "Waging Peace."
The deadline for submission of proposals is February 1, 2016. For full details, please go to

Kenneth Swope is organizing two panels for the "Waging Peace" conference that will be held in New Orleans, LA on September 8-10, 2016. One will likely focus on the 20th century while the other deals with earlier periods. Those interested in participating should contact Professor Swope directly (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). For more information about the conference, go to:


aas.orgElad Alyagon is putting together a panel on desertion for the coming AAS conference in Seattle. His period of interest is the Song dynasty. It would be great to have people whose research focus is 20th-21st centuries, the Ming, or early China. If you're interested, contact Elad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

journal cover smallIssue 4.1 of the Journal of Chinese Military History has just been published. This is a special issue devoted to the Qing period, with YIngcong Dai as the guest editor. It includes the following articles:

James Bonk, "Patronage and Personal Bonds in the Early Nineteenth Century Green Standards," 5-43.

Loretta E. Kim, "A Garrison in Time Saves Nine: Frontier Administration and 'Drawing In' the Yafahan Orochen in Late Qing Heilongjiang," 44-79.

Eric Setzekorn, "Chinese Imperialism, Ethnic Cleansing, and Military History, 1850-1877," 80-100.

Plus book reviews by Allan Millett, Stephen Platt, R. Keith Schoppa, Peter Worthing, and Harriet Zurndorfer.