The Chinese Military History Society's 2014 conference will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday, April 4, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for Military History (SMH). The final schedule will be sent out in early March, but here is a preview of the proposals that have been accepted by the Program Committee:
  • Xiaobing Li, "Chinese Deception and Limitation: CPVF Offensive Campaigns in the Korean War, 1950-51"
  • Yang Wei, "Knowledge of Deception for Sale: _Sunzi Cantong_, a Commercial Military Encyclopedia in Late Ming China"
  • Miri Kim, "Patterns of Ordinary and Extraordinary Consumption of the Northeast Military Academy in the 1920s and Early 1930s" 
  • Peter Lorge, "Warfare Is the Way of Cunning"
  • Eric Setzekorn, "Jiang Baili and China's Search for Military Modernity" 
  • Peter Worthing, "'A Force a Thousand Year War of Resistance': Nationalist Conscription in the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945"
  • Harold Tanner, "Lin Biao's Principles of Tactics vs. the Human Wave: A Disagreement with Edward C. O'Dowd"
  • Laura Calkins, "The United Nations and the Chinese Militaries of the Civil War Period, 1946-1947: An Interim Report"
  • Nathan Ledbetter, "Tactical Intelligence, Counterintelligence,and Deception in 16th Century Japan: The Battle of Nagashino(1575)"
  • David Graff, "Brain over Brawn: Shared Beliefs and Presumptions in Chinese and Western Strategemata"
  • Elad Popovich, "The 'Thirty-Six Stratagems' and the Art of Modern Psychological Warfare"


Banner chopThe Chinese Military History Society will hold its 2014 conference in Kansas City on Friday, April 4. The theme of this year's conference is "Military Deception and the Art of the Stratagem." Papers may focus on this aspect of the military history (and literature) of China or any other East Asian country, from antiquity to the present, and comparative work is also welcome. As usual, papers on other subjects related to the military history of East Asia will be considered as well.

The time and place of the 2014 CMHS conference were chosen to facilitate participants' attendance at the 2014 conference of the Society for Military History (SMH), which will be held at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri, from April 3 to 6 (with panels beginning on Friday, April 4). 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 2014 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 1, 2013.

David A. Graff
Department of History
208 Eisenhower Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
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Tel: 785-532-0366
Fax: 785-532-2045

Interested non-presenters, especially scholars attending the SMH conference, are also welcome to attend the CMHS conference.

Peter Lorge is trying to organize a CMHS panel for the Society for Military History (SMH) 2014 conference in Kansas City (April 3-6).
"The Chinese Legacy of War"
Although battles and wars were an important influence on the
course of Chinese history and culture, they have often been downplayed and
even written out of regular narrative of events. This panel will recover
some of these important events as well as discussing the effects they had
on Chinese society and culture.
If you are interested in joining this panel, please contact Peter directly
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The SMH deadline for panel proposal submissions is
October 1, so you will need to get paper abstracts and contact information to
Peter well before the end of September.