Kenneth Swope is co-editor (with Tonio Andrade) of Early Modern East Asia: War, Commerce & Cultural Exchange: Essays in Honor of John E. Wills, Jr. (London: Routledge, 2017). His own contribution, "Rivers of Blood and Roads of Bones: Sichuan in the Ming-Qing Transition," is on pages 34-64 of the volume. Swope's book review of Ji-Young Lee, China's Hegemony: Four Hundred Years of East Asian Domination appeared in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 80.3 (October 2017), pages 625-626. He also presented a paper, "Riverine Warfare in Southwest China During the Ming-Qing Transition," at the 3rd Regional Asia-Pacific Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage, held in Hong Kong, China (December 2017).

Ralph D. Sawyer's new book, Lever of Power: Military cDeception in China and the West (ISBN 978-1548245009), was published in September 2017. The book comprehensively examines deception's historical evolution in China and the West, provides extensive translations of relevant military writings from three languages (Chinese, Greek, and Latin), and characterizes the chief measures in terms of method, dynamics, and objective. This book shows that both China and the West have virtually unbroken traditions of innovating deceit and employing deception.

Dr. Xiaobing Li interviewed Ma Ying-jeou, President of the Republic of China (2008-2016), at Taipei, Taiwan, on June 9, 2017, for his new book, History of Taiwan (under contract with ABC-CLIO). He has three books published in 2017: The Cold War in East Asia (Routledge, 2018); Power versus Law in Modern China: Cities, Courts, and the Communist Party, co-author with Qiang Fang (University Press of Kentucky, 2017); and Urbanization and Party Survival in China, co-editor with Xiansheng Tian (Lexington Books, 2017). Li also published three articles in 2017: "How to Train the Dragon: Soviet Advisors and Assistance to the Chinese Navy, 1949-1960," in Naval Advising and Assistance: History, Challenges, and Analysis, edited by Donald Stoker and Michael T. McMaster (West Midlands, UK: Helion, 2017), 220-242; "Triangle of Allies: Vietnam, China, and the Soviet Union," in Oklahoma Humanities (Fall/Winter 2017), 28-36; and "Sino-Japanese Maritime Conflicts and Security Concerns in the East China Sea," in Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific: Heritage and Contemporary Challenges, edited by Howard M. Hensel and Amit Gupta (London, UK: Routledge,2017).

Chang Jui-te (Chinese Culture University & Academia Sinica) published his 無聲的要角: 蔣介石的侍從室與戰時中國 [Silent but Significant: The Role of Chiang Kai-shek's Personal Secretariat in Wartime China] (Taipei: Commercial Press, 2017). His 山河動: 抗戰時期國民政府的軍隊戰力 [Shaking the Nation: Fighting Power of the Nationalist Army during the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945] was published in 2015 by the Shehui kexue wenxian chubanshe in Beijing.

Glenn Griffith, Acquisitions Editor at the Naval Institute Press, recently contracted Kenneth Swope for his future book, Struggle for Empire in 19th Century China: The True Story of General Zuo Zongtang. The publication date will be 2019 or 2020.

book mingcourtsKen Swope's article "Causes and Consequences of the Ming Intervention in Vietnam in the Early Fifteenth Century" was published in Ming China: Courts and Contacts, 1400-1450, edited
by Craig Clunas, Jessica Harrison-Hall, and Luk Yu-ping (London: British Museum Press, 2016), pp. 37-46.

Professor Swope has accepted an offer to be co-editor of the Global Library of Military Strategy, a new series that will be published by the Naval Institute Press. He also has two recent
presentations to report:

"The Art of Being Awesome: The Grand Strategy of the Ming Dynasty," presented at the Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University, Houston, TX (October 2016).

"Chinese Ways of War, 1500-1800," presented at "The History of Violence: From Prehistory to the Present" Conference held in Rome, Italy (June 2016).