Ballots for the election of the CMHS board of directors for 2015 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.).


The Chinese Military History Society will hold its 2015 conference in Montgomery, Alabama, on Thursday, April 9. The theme of this year's conference is "Contested Ground: Debates over the Actors, Events, and Sources of Chinese Military History." Papers may focus on conflicting or changing judgments of any of the episodes, institutions, or personalities in Chinese military history, or on arguments over the authenticity and value of source materials (such as early military texts). Papers may address any historical period from antiquity to the present, and comparative work is also welcome. As usual, papers 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 2015 CMHS conference were chosen to facilitate participants' attendance at the 2015 annual meeting of the Society for Military History (SMH), which will be held at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa from April 9 to 12 (with panels beginning on Friday, April 10). 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 2015 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 10, 2014.

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Issue 3.1 of the Journal of Chinese Military History was published in May 2014. It is a special issue on "Armies of Learning" edited by Professor Xiaobing Li, with six book reviews and the following two articles:


"Learning Through Practice: Lin Biao and the Transition to Conventional Combined Arms Operations in China's Northeast, 1946-1948" by Harold M. Tanner.

"Classical Methods: The Influence and Use of Chinese ClassicalMilitary Philosophy in the Writings of Mao Zedong" by EdwardN. Smith.


Beginning with this issue of JCMH, the publisher (Brill) is no longer offering unrestricted online access to the journal. CMHS members will enjoy free access to JCMH via the Members Section of the new CMHS Web site <>. In the next few days, you should receive a separate email with your username, password, and instructions for accessing the journal. If you have not received this by July 2, please contact David Graff <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>. 


JCMH 3.2, scheduled for December 2014, will have two articles:


"Dynamic Divisions: The Tactics of Weiqi and Strategic Space in Imperial China" by Garret Olberding.

"Qi Jiguang's 'Oral Instructions from the Podium'" by Pak Shun Ng.